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George RR Martin cannot build a castle library in New Mexico

ByReiss Bowler

Sep 10, 2020

SANTA FE, NM (AP) – “Game of Thrones” author George RR Martin will not be able to build a seven-sided castle-style library at his Santa Fe compound, which raised objections from neighbors.

The city’s Historic Districts Review Board on Tuesday rejected a request to allow Martin to exceed the building height limit in the historic district where he lives, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The project included a roof terrace and an elevator tower.

“It’s a medieval castle and I don’t understand how we could adopt it in this style,” said board member Frank Katz.

Mark Graham lives south of the property and said residents could not support “having a castle nearby.”

“With the fame of Mr. Martin and ‘Game of Thrones’, we are absolutely afraid that our neighborhood will become the next scavenger hunt, that its fans will be looking for the castle that is in the middle of Santa Fe,” said Graham. .

Officials also denied a similar proposal at the beginning of this year, saying the project did not meet the height and style standards and did not match the character of the historic district.

Alexander Dzurec of the architectural firm Autotroph Inc. filed for the exemption from the height, saying on Tuesday that the library was intended to house “a very extensive collection” of literature and “other collectibles.”

More than 40 neighbors had signed a letter urging the Historic Districts Review Board to decline the request.

Guy Gronquist signed the letter and read it at the meeting, saying that the architect had “taken great pains to make comparisons with existing medieval structures in Santa Fe.” But those buildings aren’t surrounded by houses, he said.

“The fact remains that the proposed building is still a prominent castle in the middle of a residential area in Santa Fe,” the letter said. “It WILL BE VISIBLE.”

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