NJ Landmark ‘Palace of Depression’ to reopen

A Depression-era mansion built from stone and junkyard parts in New Jersey is aiming to reopen this summer, according to the president of its restoration association.

A two-decade dream to rebuild the Depression Palace in Vineland, Cumberland County, by Kevin Kirchner is nearing completion. However, Kirchner died of complications from COVID-19 on Christmas Day. His son, Kristian, took the reins as president of the project.

“We have a ton of repairs, maintenance and renovations going on that need to be finished first,” Kristian Kirchner told Daily Voice.

The son explained that “we’ve fallen way behind on everything there due to our extended closure due to the health issues of me and my dad, the deaths of a few of our important staff/managers. board and Covid regulations”.

“We were completely shut down for almost three years due to these factors,” Kirschner said.

In a video from NJ Advance Media, Kristian, called it “a labor of love (and) a labor bordering on madness” showing “what you can do with nothing but willpower”.

The original palace was built as a monument to the Great Depression by George Daynor who used discarded rubbish to fashion the house with spiers. The house, originally called “The Fantastic Castle”, served as a tourist attraction from 1932 to 1962.

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