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Castle Facts

SHAKESPEARE’S RESTAURANT & PUB, located on the 1st floor of the castle, opened on December 8, 1999. The restaurant features an American Style cuisine with a casual medieval theme. Lunch prices range from $5.95 to $13.95 and dinner from $7.95 to $26.95. Dress is casual. General Manager is Dale Thomson. The Banquet Manager is Nicole Catalano. The Executive Chef is Tom Schlotter.

THE BOULDERS that line the parking lot and landscape the property were quarried from the former Medusa Aggregates. The rocks weigh between 2 -7 tons. The boulders were transported 11 miles to the site. There are 600 million lbs. of rock on the premises.

THE “COBBLESTONE” driveway, sidewalks and back patio are actually “stamped” concrete. A black glazing was applied then rinsed. This method of antiquing gives the appearance of cobblestone.

THE LARGE FRONT ENTRY DOORS were created by Fred Stephan, Big Bend Wood & Glass of Mercer, PA. They are 12 ft. high and each weighs 800 lbs. The decorative hinges and bolted locks were hand tooled from copper as were the gargoyle serpent door handles by a blacksmith from Oil City, PA.

THE 6 FT. SUITS OF ARMOR are replicas of medieval suits of armor. They were made in Toledo, Spain.

THE CONCAVE HALL CEILING is finished in a painting style traditional of 16th century castles during Shakespeare’s time. The artists painted a sunset into the ceiling on the West Lounge Exit.

THE BLACK BEVELED GLASS DOORS entering into the lobby are from a Victorian house circa 1890 in Reading, PA. When the owner acquired them, only one side of the doors were ornate. Fred Stephan of Big Bend Wood & Glass decorated the other side to match.

THE CARPETS AND TAPESTRIES throughout the castle were purchased by the original owner on his many trips throughout Europe.

THE FLOORS OF THE CASTLE are New York Blue Stone characteristic of 16th century English Castles. The different sized pieces create a random authentic appearance.

THE SWORDS, SHIELDS AND BATTLE ORNAMENTS hung throughout the castle were imported from Toledo, Spain. They are authentic copies of the originals.

THE DINING ROOM boasts of 13 ft. vaulted ceilings that are oak encased and oak paneled. The battle-station booths and 14 tables bring the capacity of the dining room to 130. Two private dining rooms, the KNIGHTS CHAMBER and the STRATFORD ROOM, can be used for meetings or private parties seating 10 and 24 respectively.

THE CHANDELIERS hanging in the main dining room were from former churches in the Pittsburgh area. They were shipped to a huge warehouse in McDonald, PA, where the original owner found them, purchased them and had them restored.

THE WALLS OF THE CASTLE were constructed from cross-cut oak. The carpenters finished the first floor wood in dark mahogany symbolizing a battle station. The second floor is finished in white oak, reflecting a celebration.

THE GRAND HALL has a seating capacity of 250. It features magnificent tapestries and bronze chandeliers.

THE WINDSOR ROOM on the north side of the castle has a seating capacity of 125. The color scheme features neutral earth tones of sage, gold and sand and can be divided to accommodate parties from 25-125.

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