Castle Office Building Completed in 1870 Is Up for Grabs in Silver Spring

Castle Office Building Completed in 1870 Is Up for Grabs in Silver Spring

The turreted structure is listing for $ 3.3 million

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The Castle at Forest Glen

Via Coakley Realty

At different points in its long and checkered past, The Castle at Forest Glen has furnished workspace for a brothel and for a senior living publication.

The 150-year history of the crenelated office building is colorful, even if it’s not a fairytale. And there’s no telling what the next chapter will be, with the 12,090-square-foot edifice at 10 Post Office Road landing on the market in late April.

The Castle was constructed in 1870 and went through a $2 million renovation project in 2004 to modernize it and install elevators. Coakley Realty, which is handling marketing, is listing the building at $3.3 million.

Patrick Dunn, one of the building’s owners, bought it in 2002 because of its attention-grabbing architecture, according to a press release. The building is located just off Forest Glen Road, adjacent to train tracks.

The three-story building’s current tenants include a law firm, a chiropractor, a physical therapy practice and a hair salon, according to the Coakley Realty marketing brochure.

In the 1940s, the castle’s second story was occupied by a bordello that catered to soldiers recovering at the Walter Reed Medical Center on Georgia Avenue in Washington, D.C., according to a Washington Post article from 1982. A Hungarian restaurant moved in during the late 1950s and operated there until a fire put it out of business, the Post reported.

The Castle was later converted into an office building, at one point accommodating employees of the Beacon, a publication geared toward people 50 and older.

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