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By Rebecca Drew

HAUNTING photographs reveal the crumbling remains of the late 19th century castle that was later converted into a nightclub by an eccentric millionaire known as Prince Mongo who claimed to be the 333 years old King of Zambodia.

 

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From grand staircases and entrance halls to stained glass windows and graffiti clad walls the castle is a far cry from its heyday as a thriving club owned by serial Memphis-mayoral candidate Prince Mongo. Other shots show the blackened basement walls of the club and a sign advertising its opening hours.

Exterior shots show windows flung open and plastic sheets hanging from the windows of the 11,000-square-foot building.

 

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The eerie images were taken at Ashlar Hall, Memphis, Tennessee, USA by an Urban Explorer known as Abandoned Southeast. To take the pictures Abandoned Southeast used a Canon DSLR with Tamron lens.

“This is a mock castle in downtown Memphis, when the family who owned and built it could no longer take care of it they turned it into a restaurant,” said Abandoned Southeast.

 

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“In the 1990s an eccentric businessman who goes by the moniker, Prince Mongo purchased the building and turned it into a nightclub.

“Most people enjoy seeing what’s inside the building through my photos.”

 

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Ashlar Hall was built in 1896 by real estate developer, Robert Brinkley Snowden and spanned 3,000 acres. By the 1950s, the mansion was converted into a restaurant.

 

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In 1990, the house was bought by eccentric millionaire, Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges who later converted it into a thriving nightclub called The Castle which advertised cheap drinks and wet t-shirt competitions.

When the club was closed down due to over occupancy, Prince Mongo, who claimed to be 333-years-old, moved the revellers outside into the car park outside.

 

 

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“I just want others to see the beauty of the architecture that I try to capture in the photos,” added Abandoned Southeast.

“I started photographing abandoned places after many around me were being demolished.

 

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“I wanted to preserve these places through photographs.”

For more information see www.abandonedsoutheast.com

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