Taste & See KC: Kansas City Workhouse Castle becoming a ruin

Posted at 3:43 PM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 16:45:01-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Workhouse Castle looks like it would have fit in well with the architecture of medieval times.

It was built as a jail in 1897 for people who committed petty offenses to work off their debt. The jail was closed in 1924 and was repurposed several times before it was abandoned in 1972. 

Now, it's crumbling and riddled with graffiti. All that's left of the building is a shell with no roof and trees growing up inside the walls.

There was an effort to clean up the building and turn it into a community center but that was eventually abandoned.