Thursday, May 9, 2013

Fonthill Castle

I had the pleasure of visiting and photographing last weekend with John Barclay and several others. One of the venues we visited was Fonthill Castle, the home of Henry Mercer. Now a museum, the building is a fascinating and unique place. Built between 1908 and 1912 out of poured in place concrete. One of Mercer's intentions was to showcase his decorative tiles that were made at his factory next door during the Arts and Crafts Movement era. Mercer also had broad academic interests reflected in the several thousand books in the castle to go along with the hundreds of prints hung throughout the building. Photography is allowed only by special arrangement through John Barclay Photography. Thanks John for a great weekend!

Middle photo: Outside of the castle with Carriage House in the background to the right.
Bottom photo: Ceiling of one of the rooms. Most rooms were decorated in this fashion with tiles, prints and full bookshelves.

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