If you're ever in Connecticut this is a must-see. Something like 75
doors, all different, each with a wooden latch, and the latches are all
different, and after almost a hundred years, they all still work. Also
wooden light switches, window latches, and a card table with built-in
cat toys, among other features.
I was up there Sunday and got pictures of some of them, and some of the
other details, before my battery died.
William Gillette, for those who don't know of him, was the actor who
created the image which we normally associate with Sherlock Holmes--a
lot of the details of attire and personal style didn't appear in Conan
Doyle's work but were created on the stage by William Gillette.
Gillette Castle was his house in Connecticut--it's not all that large,
but definitely unique. He used to have 3 miles of track and a steam
locomotive, but those were sold to an amusement park long ago.
The photos I've got are at
The official site is http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A '16&Q25204.
If you search flickr.com on keywords "gillette castle" there are 758
photos of the castle and its environs up, not a lot of the details of
the woodwork though.
One of these days I'm going back with a more capable camera. Would be
fun to get permission from the Powers That Be and do a photo shoot with
tripod and proper lighting, but don't known when I would get to that.
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