Also known as the Armistead House and to locals more recently as Dr. Madblood’s Castle, the Elks Lodge is an impressive example of Romanesque Revival architecture. This home was built in 1898 for Mrs. Laura Armistead. This home has gone through many iterations in its 122 year existence: After being home to the Armistead family for 35 years, it became the Elks Lodge in 1933 when the back auditorium section was added which held many dances and cotillions. In the 1960s, the exterior of the home was used as the imaginary castle of Doctor Madblood in the TV show “Friday Night Frights” (locals sometimes still refer to this home as Madblood’s Castle). This Virginia historical site finally converted to apartments in the 1970s and has been such since then.
This Virginia historical site is an impressive example of Romanesque Revival architecture.
North and Court Streets Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
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