Calif. oddity's future is at stake in court battle

By JOHN ROGERS | July 7, 2011 | 5:59 PM EDT

Alan Kimble West, better known as Kim West, prepares to ride the "elevator," actually a scissor lift, the the upper level of Phonehenge at his home in Acton, Calif., in a mountainous arid area north of Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. He constructed the colorful collection of oddball buildings connected by bridges and ramps over nearly 30 years without bothering to get building permits or having the county sign off on the electrical wiring or plumbing. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

ACTON, Calif. (AP) — The fate of a California oddity known as Phonehenge West is at stake in a court case as its creator fights for his eccentric vision.

Kim Fahey, a 30-year phone company technician, built his eclectic village in the desert north of Los Angeles over the past 25 years.

Among its structures is a replica of a 16th century Viking house and a mobile home remodeled to look like an antique railroad car.

Last month, Fahey was convicted of a dozen misdemeanor building code violations and is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Superior Court in Lancaster.

In addition, he has been ordered to tear down Phonehenge West. He says he intends to appeal.