Hammond Castle

Imagine watching television without the remote control….  how bad is that?  You can thank John Hays Hammond, Jr., for his development of remote control via radio waves.  Dr. John Hammond, the “Father of Remote Control”, was a prolific inventor, second only to Thomas Edison in number of patents filed.  He also was passionate about the connection of home to psyche, and after traveling Europe for three years he stated in a letter: “It is a marvelous thing, this expression of human ideals in walls and windows”.

Between the years of 1926 to 1929, Dr. Hammond built his home along the rocky coastline in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  He wanted a place suitable for displaying his collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. Today, you can tour his home, the Hammond Castle, on your own or as part of a guided tour.

I found the exterior details of the castle to have a European flair but also felt a sense of foreboding from the gargoyles gazing down at me:

View of the ocean from between the arches

Don’t try to climb over the wall…


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