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The Palace of Depression

265 S Mill Rd, Vineland, NJ 08360-4361
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We wanted to visit the Palace today with a relative.We were not able to enter the area of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
podrozniczka60
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New Jersey
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Not able to enter property

We love touring odd attractions and made a special trip to see this one but the site is completely... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Lee Y
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Lumberton, New Jersey
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The Palace of Depression is a historic landmark property currently undergoing a complete restoration by The Palace of Depression Restoration Association led by Kevin J. Kirchner. The original Palace was built by George Daynor in 1929 and opened to the Public on Christmas Day 1932. Over 250,000 visitors passed through the original Palace and it remained a Vineland landmark until the early 1960’s. In 1964 Daynor died of old age and the original Palace was left unkept and vandals and looters ransacked and destroyed it. The property was sold to the City of Vineland and the original Palace was torn down in 1969, leaving behind only the original ticket booth. In 1998 Palace of Depression Restoration Association President Kevin J. Kirchner started a drive to rebuild The Palace. Running on 100% private donations and volunteer work, Kirchner has been able to completely rebuild The Palace. The site is still under construction and expected to be completed in another two years.
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2 weeks ago
“Work in progress ”
29 May 2018
“Not able to enter property”
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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265 S Mill Rd, Vineland, NJ 08360-4361
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to visit the Palace today with a relative.We were not able to enter the area of the Palace of Depression but it was possible to get a good view at the exterior elements of the reconstruction. It is still very much work in...More

Thank podrozniczka60
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

We love touring odd attractions and made a special trip to see this one but the site is completely roped off and not able to visit. From the road we saw what looks like a house made of bricks with a beautiful roof, doesn't look...More

1  Thank Lee Y
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

The Palace of Depression is a home that was built years ago by a recluse. However, after the original owner passed away, the house fell apart. It is now being restored as it was originally, which is by using local stones and rocks and 'trash'...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

The Palace of Depression was built by a man named Daynor who lost his money in the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and during the consequest Great Depression couldn't afford to live in a regulare house. So, he built his dwelling from junk. It was...More

Thank Bruce B
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Reviewed 31 December 2015

The site of a home build by a loner in the 1930's is currently under reconstruction by a private group. Once the subject of a "You asked for it" episode the eclectic home has since closed to public tours and fell into disrepair and vandalism....More

1  Thank Arthur S
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Reviewed 25 December 2015

Stopped in for my annual progress inspection and lucked in to a tour of the Palace. Just happened to catch the artist and guardian, Jeff Tirante, in the front yard. What an amazing guy! He gave me an incredible tour of the Palace, where he...More

3  Thank FlaHarlock
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Reviewed 12 November 2015

This is certainly a place deserving to be in "Weird NJ" publications. A 1932 strange "low budget" but "vivid imagination" construction is being resurrected like Phoenix from ashes by The Palace of Depression Restoration Association which is the a non profit organization. The story behind...More

1  Thank podrozniczka60
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Reviewed 27 June 2015

This will be a great "roadside attraction" when it is completed. I visit the area often and check on progress and hope that it will one day be completed.

3  Thank John N
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Reviewed 25 December 2014

Palace of Depression is slowly making a comeback. I stopped in today to check the status and was very impressed with the progress. It's still gonna be years before completion but I'm happy to see they are still working on it. Until it's complete, just...More

2  Thank FlaHarlock
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

The Palace of Depression was originally built by former Alaska gold miner George Daynor. This building was a reaction to the Wall Street Crash of 1929. It is currently in the process of being rebuilt using a mosaic of bricks, glass Wheaton Arts, and various...More

5  Thank FR3E5P1RiT
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