Hammond Castle — pat morss

We finally got back to visit Hammond Castle yesterday, on the Magnolia side of Gloucester Harbor, and to enjoy an exhibit (through the end of April) of paintings by Eric Pape, a friend of prolific inventor John Hays Hammond Jr, who built his medieval-theme home and museum in the late 1920s. There are guided tours, as well as an excellent self-guided tour pamphlet.

The just restored Cloister colonnade. Eastern Point is across the harbor at the left.
The Cloister from the ocean side.
Keyboard console for reportedly the largest private pipe organ in the western hemisphere.
Burmese Buddhist manuscript chest in an alcove of The Great Hall.
Faithful 17th C copy of original Italian 13th C “Rucellai Madonna of Florence.”
Eric Pape exhibit, ‘Natalie Hammond.’
Eric Pape exhibit. ‘Natalie Hammond, In the Orchard,’ center painting.
Dining Room with ocean and interior Courtyard views.
The War Room, with part of Eric Pape’s 22′ mural of an imaginary Gloucester sea battle.
Center mural detail. Hammond designed torpedoes that used his invention of radio control.
Clothing hanging in a corridor.
The Courtyard, interior skylit, and modeled on a 15th C French village.

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