Has anybody ever actually designed a House Shaped like a Rook?
In his famous 1962 interview, Bobby Fischer said:
"I got strong ideas about my house. I'm going to hire the best
architect and have him build it in the shape of a rook. Yeh, that's
for me. Class. Spiral staircases, parapets, everything. I want to live
the rest of my life in a house built exactly like a rook."
This seems like an interesting idea. Has anybody ever done this or
Here is a great article about this.
Now, there is a new development. Bobby lives in Iceland which, due to
the cold temperature, makes it the ideal place to build a house shaped
like a rook.
Bobby has money now, so why not propose to really build his house for
Yeah. My neighbours when I was a kid (Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada). Old
man Holmes literally built an amateur "castle" of a home for his wife -
using wood. Huge garden, etc. The house wasn't really that special but it
was built with love. My grad pictures were taken in front of the building.
But unfortunately when he passed away, his widow couldn't keep up the place
and eventually she was placed in a care home and the house was torn down.
In 1933 Tom Holmes built a home on the foundation of the H.M. Klassen
home/Hospital in the style of a miniature castle, to resemble the
architecture he had known as a boy in England.
It was a large square structure with turrets at each corner raised above
the centre roof level, and battlements all around the perimeter of the
roof. It contained a large central kitchen, dining room, a parlor with a
huge fireplace, and 4 bedrooms. The large wooden doors, between the kitchen
or common room area and the parlor and dining room, could be opened by
pulling them back into the narrow double wall recess on each side. These
huge doors were built by young Deke Kroeker to Tom's specifications.
The grounds which had first been planted by H.M. Klassen in the early
years, were a small forest of trees, plants and shrubs which Tom, with all
the skill and energy of an English gardener, kept in immaculate and
beautiful order. It was an "oasis in the desert" for the town, with
statuary, a fountain, wishing well and blessed greenery, and the grounds
were always open to anyone who cared to wander through.
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