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The monument to unrequited love
h [electronic resource] /
by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 19, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the "coral castle" the Edward Leedskalnin built in Homestead.
d d. 1951.
x Description and travel.
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.
f05 THE MONUMENT TO UNREQUITED LOVE By HAMPTON DUNN HOMESTEAD --Some say Edward Leedskalnin built the bizarre coral castle alongside busy U.S. 1 here to furnish a home for the girl of his dreams --a girl he never met. Others say he fled to America in the f irst place because he'd been jilted on his wedding day back in his native Latvia and he erected the massive fortress like home hoping that one day his "ex," whom he called "Sweet Sixteen," would come. At any rate, he was unlike the poet who wanted to live in his house by the side of the road "and be a friend of man." Leedskalnin was a recluse who first constructed a gigantic eight foot stone wall around his castle site to keep prying eyes away. The coral curtain cloaked the work of the diminutive 97 pound immigrant with a veil that not even death itself has been able to brush aside. Before his death in 1951, Leedskalnin never told how he was able to move the huge coral rocks weighing up to 35 tons which he excavated single handed. He boasted he knew the se crets used in building the Pyramids of Egypt. It is known he used primitive tools; his brace and bit was the crank of a Model T Ford. Notable features of the castle include a nine ton swinging door so per fectly pivoted a child can turn it. There's also a great obelisk weighing 282 tons. A bowl shaped sundial accurately marks the time and adjusts itself to the seasons, all the more remarkable because its builder had no more than a fourth grade education.