|Henry F. Winchell|
Here is a photo taken from A History of Searles Castle in Great Barrington, Massachusetts: The Great Wigwam written by the late Lila S. Parrish:
I remember when I first saw it. I was visiting James N. Parrish at his home. He seems to have a photographic memory for all Great Barrington history and I enjoyed discussing it with him. He showed me this book that his mother had written. He put it down on the table to go get something else. While he was gone, I looked more closely at the photo and was very surprised to see that my great-grandfather was the last person on the right. His characteristic posture makes him easily identifiable. This is the only piece of documentation for the constructive left in existence. I see some resemblance among the men. I will always probably wonder who his relatives are in the photo. It seems very likely that there is more than one family member on a big job like this. I like the photo very much. It almost makes me feel that these men are happy that I’ve discovered who they are to me.
Here is a photo of the constructed building, Searles Castle,from CNBC no less. The Castle was an ostentatious anachronism in the New England village of Great Barrington. As I have always approached it from the west, its location seemed to dominate the entry into downtown. In a way, it dominated my perception of it, too, and now I know why.
|Searles Castle, Great Barrington, Mass.|
Below is another photo showing one view of the marvelous woodwork inside, supporting my theory that multiple carpenters would've been needed during the construction.
I've never been able to see the interior myself.