George R. R. Martin did well for himself. The author of A song of ice and fire saw his already applauded books adapted in one of the most popular TV shows in recent history. Even if its end is sucked and even he he never finishes writing his series, Martin will always be known for creating one of the bestloved fantasy worlds to this day. That said, in a warning story of wrongdoing that Martin was supposed to see, the neighbors turned to old George and besieged his plan to build a godly castle behind his house.
Daily mail, an object we can always count on to tell us when a celebrity wants to build a castle in the backyard, reports that Martin was trying to get a “Gothic-style” fortress, consisting of a “free-standing” seven-sided library “built as a continuation of his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The castle is designed to consist of “impressive stone walls, loopholes and a 27-foot tower”. The style is inspired by the “defensive fortifications” observed in medieval castles and the “mystical spaces” associated with cathedrals, as well as “‘a hint of the exoticism of “Moorish architecture”, which is a strange detail, given that any kind of castle seized in the suburbs of New Mexico is quite exotic in itself. Although they worked to incorporate the architectural elements of Santa Fe’s “most famous battlements, towers and historic landmarks,” Martin’s neighbors wrote a complaint and went to a city council meeting to review the historic design to argue against the approval. of his plans.
“This is a medieval castle and I don’t understand how we could approve it,” said the deputy chairman of the Review Committee. Neighbors also claim that “[Martin’s] fans will be looking for the castle, “turning” our neighborhood [into a] treasure hunt. A letter from the community also made it clear that even with the design changes, “the fact remains that the proposed building is still a prominent castle in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Santa Fe.”
The recently rejected application was only the last of Martin’s attempts to build the thing, and the article notes that he can submit a revision in 15 days. We say that one must have a castle if one ever wants to finish writing one’s series. Maybe he should walk around the battlements at night or stare at the flames of the fire of the great fortress to get the inspiration he needs. And, if nothing else, maybe he too can build a comfortable old-fashioned prison to be locked as an additional motivation if everything else fails.
Take a look Daily mail‘s full story for more details and wonderful drawings of the castle that may never be.
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