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Altamont artist’s home, studio inspired by European fortresses

Castle Breitenbach stands against the late winter sky in Altamont. Artist Thom Breitenbach and his wife, Debra, plan to rent the grounds and indoor studio for wedding receptions and small gatherings from June through September.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Castle Breitenbach stands against the late winter sky in Altamont. Artist Thom Breitenbach and his wife, Debra, plan to rent the grounds and indoor studio for wedding receptions and small gatherings from June through September.
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Spring green is coming to Castle Breitenbach. Thom Breitenbach loves his land when maples and elms are in full bloom. They make the woods a little darker, maybe a touch more mysterious. And that makes the big stone fortress off Township Road in Altamont seem a bit more ominous. Breitenbach and his wife, Debra, have been living in their own homemade castle since 1979. The 61-year-old artist has short-range plans that could bring visitors to ...

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