Hoogstraten’s ‘crumbling folly’

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Hoogstraten’s ‘crumbling folly’

Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Jul 29, 2002 5:32 pm

Absolutely insane, I had heard about this house a few years back.... part palace, part mausoleum... what will happen it now, he's going to the 'big house' for a few years?
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Postby Rory W » Tue Jul 30, 2002 10:41 am

Perhaps an asylum for the criminally insane - just like what happened to many grand mansions in the UK
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Postby Luke Gardnier » Tue Jul 30, 2002 12:13 pm

A larger version of the equally pompous Sliabh Russell Hotel outside the village of Ballyconnell Co. Cavan.
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Postby LOB » Tue Jul 30, 2002 12:30 pm

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Postby RSJ » Tue Jul 30, 2002 10:01 pm

Why is it that deeply unpleasant and often criminal wealthy people always opt for classicism?
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Jul 31, 2002 11:15 am

For the nouveau riche they think it makes you look like old money....
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Postby MG » Thu Aug 01, 2002 3:52 pm

I haven't seen a decent detailed picture. Is it a 'good' interpretation of a neo-classical house or poorly designed?
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Postby RSJ » Fri Aug 02, 2002 12:35 pm

Hard to tell, it being unfinished. There was a firm of architects involved who I'd never heard of - certainly not any of the leading contemporary classicists. They had the grace to sound a bit embarrassed about their jailed client. Tough on them, though - that's the last they'll see of any fees.

Looks like Hoogstraten (who it is said did the preliminary sketches himself) wanted a version of Blenheim. I'd say he's no Vanbrugh.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Aug 06, 2002 9:44 am

Will it ever be finished now?
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