Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:13 PM
Tuesday Afternoon (56,910 posts)
Far from the Shire, a Hobbit house in Pa. country
By JOANN LOVIGLIO | Associated Press – Wed, Dec 12, 2012
CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. (AP) — Worlds away from the Shire, a stone cottage tucked into the Pennsylvania countryside would make Bilbo Baggins feel like he was back home with his Hobbit friends in Middle-earth.
Nestled in a part of Chester County dotted with picturesque barns and rolling fields surprisingly close to Philadelphia, this Hobbit house belongs to a lifelong fan of author J.R.R. Tolkien who wanted a worthy — and private — repository for the rare books and Tolkien-inspired memorabilia he has collected in 30 years of travel in the U.S. and abroad.
The 600-square foot building is a short walk from his main house, on a flat stone path and through an English-style garden.
"We wanted a single structure, a relaxing place that was diminutive in scale, for the owner to come and hang out and just be in solitude with his collection," said architect Peter Archer, speaking on the owner's behalf.
Hundreds of houses inspired by Tolkien's books have been built in the U.S. and abroad. But Archer said, "This isn't something that you can recreate on a suburban cul-de-sac; it was made for this specific location and it wouldn't work anywhere else."
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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:16 AM
CaliforniaPeggy (120,989 posts)
3. How beautiful, my dear Tuesday Afternoon!
I love circular windows and doors, and all the bright wood...
Thanks for letting me have a look!