The American Institute of Mathematics was founded in 1994, with financing from John Fry, the Silicon Valley businessman responsible for Fry’s Electronics. The Fry’s store in Palo Alto is quite remarkable, containing everything a Silicon Valley geek might need, with a huge selection of potato chips and computer chips. In recent years, AIM has been running a wide variety of workshops, at a temporary location called the AIM Research Conference Center (ARCC), which is basically in back of the Palo Alto store.
Last month, the City Council of Morgan Hill approved plans for construction next to a golf course of a huge castle that will provide a permanent home for the ARCC (for a news story about this, see here). It will be modeled on the Alhambra in Spain, occupy 167,000 square feet, contain a “gourmet-industrial kitchen with master chefs from a San Francisco seafood restaurant and a Napa Valley resort”, and much else besides. Fry himself is closely involved in the design of the castle, which is rumored to cost over $50 million, and planned to be ready for occupancy in 2009. More details about this are here, and there’s even a video of what the castle will look like.