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#21 Gillette Castle - West Face
Frank Brault

#21 Gillette Castle - West 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.

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Brenda25-Jul-2011 00:25
J. Scott Coile22-Jul-2011 23:52
Is that a widow's walk? Can you see the ocean? Another well thought out composition from this historic site.
Walter O. Koenig22-Jul-2011 15:09
Great details and textures. This looks massive.
Yvonne22-Jul-2011 11:29
Superbly captured Frank! v
LynnH22-Jul-2011 11:26
Fantastic PoV!!! What a neat house! V
Mieke WA Minkjan22-Jul-2011 09:26
I like this close-up of the house!
Stephanie22-Jul-2011 08:05
The rugged stone work is fabulous!!! :)
Ieke Vonk22-Jul-2011 06:04
I like the detail too.
Janice Dunn22-Jul-2011 05:24
I did look this place up on Google - very interesting to see. What a place and interesting history
Cindi Smith22-Jul-2011 02:22
Quite the angle....amazing stonework!!!
Kerry Tingley21-Jul-2011 23:30
Fabulous and what a story!
Ed McConnell21-Jul-2011 23:28
interesting..nice B&W..
maggie_falconi21-Jul-2011 22:42
Wow!!! Fantastic detail and tones Frank! V