Thursday, September 20, 2012

Alexander’s Castle

9/19/12 Lamy fountain pen, Platinum Carbon ink, watercolor, Stillman & Birn sketchbook
One of our favorite state parks is historic Fort Worden in Port Townsend. Although Port Townsend is full of painted ladies and other Victorian homes, one of the most romantic buildings is Alexander’s Castle. Built in 1883 but restored in 2005 after significant earthquake damage, the castle is now available as accommodations on the fort. Here’s the castle’s story, according to the fort’s website:  
"Reverend John Alexander built the castle for a prospective Scottish bride in a style reminiscent of his native country. In 1883, he acquired 10 acres of land near Point Wilson and constructed the building known as Alexander's Castle. Alexander intended the building to serve as a home for him and his bride. Traveling to Scotland to get his bride, Alexander found that his bride-to-be had married another."
While I was sketching the castle, a deer wandered by to sniff the bushes but didn’t linger long enough for me to add him to the sketch.

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