Thom Breitenbach and his wife, Debra, have been living in their own homemade castle since 1979. The 61-year-old artist has short-range plans that could bring visitors to the three-bedroom, bluestone home this summer and fall — and long-range plans that he hopes will someday convert the residence into a museum for his work.
Castle Breitenbach stands against the late winter sky in Altamont. Artist Thom Breitenbach and his wife, Debra, plan to rent the grounds and indoor studio for wedding receptions and small gatherings from June through September.
Brides and grooms may want to have their pictures taken near a castle “gargoyle.”
Breitenbach stands next to his painting, “Two Hearts Entering a Fairy Tale” at Castle Breitenbach. The longtime artist began construction of his medieval-looking residence in 1976.
Artist Thom Breitenbach’s studio — complete with Oriental-style carpets, ironwork and high ceiling — is part of his castle in Altamont.
An entryway with a rounded top is one of the old-style features at Breitenbach’s castle residence in Altamont. Others include medieval-looking wooden doors, a tower and a castle bell.