Urban Explorers Tour: Historic Vine Street Workhouse Castle
Event Sponsors: Daniel and Ebony Edwards
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Kansas City’s Historic Vine Street Workhouse Castle, was built in 1897 and was used as the 3rd installment for a Kansas City’s jail system. Located at 2001 Vine Street on the east side of Kansas City, less than one mile from crossroads and 2 block south of the 18th and Vine Street Jazz District, the Workhouse served as a prison until 1918 and re-purposed to a military training ground, animal euthanize facility, and finally an office space for city officials when it closed in 1972. Soon after the Workhouse closed it doors, the roof and interior floors were removed and windows and opening replaced with cinder blocks to prevent local squatters. After being abandoned for more than 43 years, a young couple from the east side, Daniel and Ebony Edwards, decided to invest their wedding venue budget back into an abandoned property in the community for others to experience long after their wedding was over. The renamed “trash castle” became their site of interest and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, 42 tons of trash was removed in 6 weeks and the couple turn a prison into a wedding venue. The Workhouse Castle today serves as an event space for the local community and all Kansas Citians.