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#20 Gillette Castle - North Face
Frank Brault

#20 Gillette Castle - North Face

East Haddam, CT USA

"Atop the most southerly hill in a chain known as the Seven Sisters, William Hooker Gillette, noted actor director, and playwright, built this one hundred and eighty-four acre estate, the Seventh Sister. The focal point of his effort was a twenty four room mansion reminiscent of a medieval castle....Gillette designed the castle and most of its contents personally, periodically checking every phase of their construction. Built of local fieldstone supported by a steel framework, it took twenty men five years (1914-1919), to complete the main structure. Gillette began his semi-retirement in his new home; and in the following years, he supervised the many thousands of refinements created by local craftsmen....his will gave specific directions to see that the property did not fall into the hands "of some blithering saphead who has no conception of where he is or with what surrounded." ...Gillette was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1853...He is most famous for his portrayal of "Sherlock Holmes"." CT Gov. Site

The site was purchased by the State of Connecticut in 1943 from the executors of Mr. Gillette's will and is a State Park.

Nikon Coolpix P7000 , Best at original size.
1/540s f/2.8 at 4.5mm iso100, cropped, RAW hide exif
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Jean D26-Aug-2011 02:37
Excellent capture of this Castle and thanks for the captioned info, Frank. ~V
Brenda25-Jul-2011 00:12
I always wanted to visit there when we lived in Connecticut but never did. Maybe when we go back! Excellent photo!
Yvonne22-Jul-2011 11:21
Your choice of a square frame suits this image so well Frank!
Mieke WA Minkjan22-Jul-2011 09:14
very impressive building,
in first glance the stones looks like little Gillette's, I think hence the name..
perfect catch V
Stephanie22-Jul-2011 07:44
Love this castle Frank! Cool architecture & a great photo! V
j>a>e>17 :):):)22-Jul-2011 06:07
to finish...AWEsome energy that reaches my soul!!!! :):):):):)
j>a>e>17 :):):)22-Jul-2011 06:06
what a mysticALLL marvel & with AWEhaunting energy
Ieke Vonk22-Jul-2011 06:01
Excellent! VOTED
Cindi Smith22-Jul-2011 02:17
Oh wow!!!!!!! OH WOW!!!!!!! What a cool, cool place. I can imagine it in its heyday....wow! Awesome capture!!! BV!
Ed McConnell21-Jul-2011 23:30
this really shows what this place is all about..great shot in B&W..
Doug Cruden21-Jul-2011 21:14
A fascinating narrative to this fine B&W shot...nicely balanced composition Frank, loads of lovely textures and tones
LynnH21-Jul-2011 20:10
Amazing piece of art! Great details in your photo, Frank. V
Tom LeRoy21-Jul-2011 19:38
An interesting find and story! I really wouldn't want to live in it, however, you took a great shot with nice details in b/w. V!
Michael Parkinson21-Jul-2011 18:54
Ok. I've been to the web site and now I think this excellent photograph is of a castle imitating the wicked witch's last scene in the Wizard of Oz. Yikes again!
Janice Dunn21-Jul-2011 16:40
Interesting to read the history - but what a ugly 'castle'!!!
You show it well Frank... I'll go Google it now - thank you
Walter O. Koenig21-Jul-2011 15:15
Great processing makes this look even more intense. Cool 3-D effect. Well done Frank. "V"
I checked out the web site, this place is amazing.
J. Scott Coile21-Jul-2011 15:10
Outstanding. I so rarely think of square compositions/frames. How perfect!
Carl and Racine Erland21-Jul-2011 15:07
Great shot and information...love the b&w. - Racine
maggie_falconi21-Jul-2011 15:06
A very strange castle Frank!! very well captured!!!!
Michael Parkinson21-Jul-2011 15:01
Other than to say this is photographed very well, I am at a loss for words. Yikes!