King castle

Niagara Falls snowman engineer is king of the castle

Grant Hall in Niagara Falls took advantage of the January snowstorms to turn its front yard into a snow castle.

If life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And if Mother Nature gives you snow, you make a snow castle.

That’s exactly what Grant Hall did, spending nearly a month and about 80 hours building a mound of snow that he turned into a castle in front of his Niagara Falls home. He said his work turned more than a few heads as he passed.

“In these troubled times, you just have to make the most of it,” he said.

Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Hall describes himself as analytical with a mind that is both engineer and artist. He is also, by his own admission, a bit eccentric. On Halloween, he put one of the limos he owns outside with a skeleton and Halloween decorations.

“It’s nice to put a smile on someone’s face,” he said.

Hall lives on Vine Street, near St. Gabriel Lalemant Catholic Elementary School, and said parents and children both commented on his yard, between the Halloween display and his more recent snow castle.

The snow castle started after the first huge snow storm in January. As Hall shoveled and cleaned, the tree in his front yard disappeared under a mound of snow. Then more snow came and Hall had to shovel again. Eventually, he carved steps to the top of the 10-foot-tall snow mound and created what looks like the ramparts of a castle out of packed snow and chunks of ice. At one corner stand three blocks of snow that look like a turret.

In total, Hall moved thousands of pounds of snow to build his castle. And he is happy if it puts a few smiles on the faces of passers-by.

The only downside? The snowman who lives in the castle saw his shadow on Groundhog Day and, according to Hall, that means winter is here for a while.