Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ostentatious oddity

In my continuing effort to chronicle the roadside attractions I see on a daily basis in my trucking route from Romeoville, IL to Appleton, WI, one of the more obvious, and, to my surprise, publicly available ones is the Golden Pyramid House in Wadsworth, IL. If you look to east on mile marker five (what us truckers call lollipops), you'll see the Sphinx statue and, off beyond that, the pyramid house.

It's just a few miles away from Great America in Gurnee, IL, and would be worth a side trip to visit on a day's outing to that theme park. I found a web site for the house and discovered the house is open for public tours on Sundays, June through the end of October. It costs $15 per person. The house was built by the unfortunately-named Onan family in 1977 and served as a private residence for many years. The pyramid houses 17,000 square feet of floor space and is now used for banquets, meetings, and private parties.

I watched the following video that tours inside the house and was amused to see the official web site describe the interior as "ostentatious." At least they own up to their tackiness. But tacky kitsch is a desirable element of roadside attractions, and this place certainly fits the bill.

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