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Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin wants to build a fantasy castle in his backyard


Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin wants to build a real "castle" in his back yard – but his neighbors in New Mexico refuse to bend their knees, as DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

The 71-year-old creator of Dragonstone, Winterfell, and the Red Fort describes his proposed Gothic-style structure as a free-standing "seven-page library" in a planning proposal filed with the City of Santa Fe.

But locals say the fortress-like building, with imposing stone walls, battlements, and a 27-foot tower, resembles something from HBO's hit show Game of Thrones and is completely out of place in a suburb where it will spoil their views.

Martins Architects have toned down the medieval aspects in revised drawings, but still require special permission from the city's Historic Design Review Board to continue with the work on the & # 39; Water Garden Keep & # 39; because the tower is several feet higher than the zone codes allow.

“We thought it was Winterfell when we first saw the plans. All that's missing is Jon Snow and a couple of dragons, ”a neighbor joked to DailyMail.com.

Martin, who is currently working on the sixth Game of Thrones novel, The Winds of Winter, has sold more than 20 million books worldwide and is estimated to be worth $ 65 million. Despite his fortune, the fantasy icon lives between two humble houses on the same street in Santa Fe, his home since 1979. Pictured: Martin with HBO's cast and Game of Thrones team

The 71-year-old creator of Dragonstone, Winterfell, and the Red Fort describes his proposed Gothic-style structure as a free-standing "seven-page library" in a planning proposal filed with the City of Santa Fe

The 71-year-old creator of Dragonstone, Winterfell, and the Red Fort describes his proposed Gothic-style structure as a free-standing "seven-page library" in a planning proposal filed with the City of Santa Fe

Drawing on the "defensive fortifications" of medieval castles and the "mystical rooms" associated with cathedrals, the designs for the great hall, roof terrace and city walls of the keep are designed to add "an exotic touch" to the city Moorish architecture added

Drawing on the "defensive fortifications" of medieval castles and the "mystical rooms" associated with cathedrals, the designs for the great hall, roof terrace and city walls of the keep are designed to add "an exotic touch" to the city Moorish architecture added

But locals say the fortress-like building, with imposing stone walls, battlements, and a 27-foot tower, resembles something from HBO's hit show Game of Thrones and is completely out of place in a suburb where it will spoil their views. “We thought it was Winterfell when we first saw the plans. All that's missing is Jon Snow and a couple of dragons, ”a neighbor joked to DailyMail.com. Pictured: a castle in the fantasy show

But locals say the fortress-like building, with imposing stone walls, battlements, and a 27-foot tower, resembles something from HBO's hit show Game of Thrones and is completely out of place in a suburb where it will spoil their views. “We thought it was Winterfell when we first saw the plans. All that's missing is Jon Snow and a couple of dragons, ”a neighbor joked to DailyMail.com. Pictured: a castle in the fantasy show

They added, “George has done a lot for the arts and is very welcome here. But there is a code in Santa Fe and the buildings have the right to maintain a certain historical look.

"If they allow something like that, the floodgates will be opened for any rich eccentric who wants to live in a castle with a tower."

Martin, whose fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire became the basis for Game of Thrones, owns properties across Santa Fe, including a historic movie theater and two neighboring suburban homes – one with a castle-shaped mailbox.

The senior writer and wife Parris McBride made their zippy acquisition in 2018 – a $ 3 million, four-acre lot in upscale Museum Hill.

"The owners are approaching their golden years and recently bought the property to retire," reveals their planning application from December 2019.

& # 39; The owners have an extensive collection of literature and the Water Garden Keep is a new, custom library that houses that collection. The owners have an interest in history, with an emphasis on medieval history. & # 39;

Drawing on the "defensive fortifications" of medieval castles and the "mystical rooms" associated with cathedrals, the designs for the great hall, roof terrace and city walls of the keep are designed to add "an exotic touch" to the city Moorish architecture added.

Author George R. R. Martin's modest primary residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico, promises to be less modest when his Fastasy castle is built

Author George R. R. Martin's modest primary residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico, promises to be less modest when his Fastasy castle is built

The mailbox corresponds to the favorite subject of the Game of Thrones author

The mailbox corresponds to the favorite subject of the Game of Thrones author

Martin's architects have toned down the medieval aspects in revised drawings, but still require special permission from the city's Historic Design Review Board to begin work on the Water Garden Keep, as the tower is several feet higher than the zone codes allow

Martins Architects have toned down the medieval aspects in revised drawings, but still require special permission from the city's Historic Design Review Board to continue with the work on the & # 39; Water Garden Keep & # 39; because the tower is several feet higher than the zone codes allow

Locals say that none of the prominent buildings cited by the architects are anything like Martin's medieval creation

Locals say that none of the prominent buildings cited by the architects are anything like Martin's medieval creation

Its most contested element, the torreon (tower), reaches 27 feet and 6 inches tall, which is 4 feet more than regulations allow, although 4,234 square feet are repeatedly carved into the side of a hill to express its impact to minimize. While the original proposal was rejected, Martin submitted new drawings in July to level the battlements, swap the tower's stone surface for brown or brown stucco, and lower it to 24 feet

Its most contested element, the torreon (tower), reaches 27 feet and 6 inches tall, which is 4 feet more than regulations allow, although 4,234 square feet are repeatedly carved into the side of a hill to express its impact to minimize. While the original proposal was rejected, Martin submitted new drawings in July to level the battlements, swap the tower's stone surface for brown or brown stucco, and lower it to 24 feet

The architects argue that it is an integral part of the proposed building as it houses an elevator to take the elderly residents to a rooftop terrace for breathtaking mountain views

The architects argue that it is an integral part of the proposed building as it houses an elevator to take the elderly residents to a rooftop terrace for breathtaking mountain views

The battered stucco walls, stone masonry tower, and chestnut consoles and doors preserve the architectural nuances of Santa Fe and come from some of the city's most famous pinnacles, towers, and historic landmarks, the designers said.

Its most contested element, the torreon (tower), reaches 27 feet and 6 inches tall, which is 4 feet more than regulations allow, although 4,234 square feet are repeatedly carved into the side of a hill to express its impact to minimize.

The architects argue that it is an integral part of the proposed building as it houses an elevator to take the elderly residents to a rooftop terrace for breathtaking mountain views.

"We are all exposed to health and mobility problems associated with age," says the application. The couple would be in unfair distress if they had to climb stairs.

& # 39; With existing buildings and vegetation, visibility is extremely limited and only views of the upper parts of the structure are visible to the public.

"The library structure is only minimally visible from a public right of way or street scene and has no visual impact on the character of the Historic Review District for the general public."

While the original proposal was rejected, Martin submitted new drawings in July to level the battlements, swap the tower's stone finish for brown or brown stucco, and lower it to 24 feet.

However, the new plans met fierce resistance from local residents during a heated public Zoom meeting of the Historic Design Review Board Tuesday evening.

"With Mr. Martin and Game of Thrones prominent, we absolutely fear our neighborhood will become the next treasure hunt," said Mark Graham, the Martins' neighbor. "That his fans are looking for the castle."

Vice-chairman Frank Katz said: "It's a medieval castle and I don't see how we could possibly approve it."

Against the request he added: “We know the work of Mr. Martin. We know how that would relate to a keep, and I could see how intrigued he would be with the design. However, this is not the only possible design. "

The battered stucco walls, stone masonry tower, and maroon consoles and doors retain the architectural nuance of Santa Fe and are taken from some of the city's most famous battlements, towers, and historic landmarks.

The battered stucco walls, stone masonry tower, and maroon consoles and doors retain the architectural nuance of Santa Fe and are taken from some of the city's most famous battlements, towers, and historic landmarks.

A letter signed by 43 neighbors reads: “The applicant's architect made some changes to the original proposal by reducing the height slightly, changing the material to more stucco and less stone, changing the shape of the windows and redesigning the large window has aligned.

& # 39; The fact remains that the proposed building is still a prominent castle in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Santa Fe. It will be visible. & # 39;

Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin wants to build a real "castle" in his back yard - but his neighbors in New Mexico refuse to bend their knees, as DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal

Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin wants to build a real "castle" in his back yard – but his neighbors in New Mexico refuse to bend their knees, as DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal

Locals say that none of the prominent buildings cited by the architects are anything like Martin's medieval creation.

"Trying to cite a downtown commercial building with a permit for access to the roof of an elevator as a precedent for a permit to access the roof of a castle tower in a residential area to enjoy mountain views is like comparison of an apple with an orange. "

“They are both fruits, but the comparison ends here. It is certainly possible to enjoy mountain views from less than 25 feet.

& # 39; We urge the HDRB (Historic Design Review Board) to reject this application again. Nothing has fundamentally changed in this revised proposal. Our neighborhood needs and wants this & # 39; folly & # 39; Not.

The board unanimously opposed Martin a 4'6 '' exemption because his design did not suit Santa Fe. He can submit new plans or appeal to the Santa Fe City Council within 15 days.

Martin, who is currently working on the sixth Game of Thrones novel, The Winds of Winter, has sold more than 20 million books worldwide and is estimated to be worth $ 65 million.

View of Martin's relatively modest existing home in Santa Fe

View of Martin's relatively modest existing home in Santa Fe

Despite his great fortune, the fantasy icon lives between two modest houses on the same street in Santa Fe, his home since 1979.

One is his primary residence, while the second, which he calls "warehouse", is full of books and collectibles.

Though the humble Martin is referred to as "the American Tolkien," he's known to dine in family restaurants and has even invited fans over to his home.

He owns a bookstore, supports local artists and bought the Jean Cocteau Cinema in February 2012 to bring the previously closed cinema back to life.

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