Monday, August 25, 2008

The Tower

Inspired by Craig Conley's magical Trump L'Oeill - Tarot of Portmeirion, I decided it would be fun to look for Tarot images where I live.

My quest recently led me to the Heublein Tower at the Talcott Mountain State Park. Built in 1914 by food and liquor magnate Gilbert Heublein, the structure stands at the edge of a precipice and is accessible to the public by hiking a mile long trail. Designed as a summer residence by the firm of Smith and Bassette, the architecture of the Tower was inspired by Bavarian buildings in Heublein's native country. Indeed, the building has a distinct European feel to it that, combined with its location in a wooded area, gives it an otherworldly quality that easily evokes its counterpart in the Tarot. While I visited on a sunny, late summer's day, it was easy enough to imagine the building on a stormy night, with a full moon partly shrouded by billowing clouds.


Eccentric Scholar said...

Looking forward to seeing more discoveries of Tarot iconography in your area!

Tamara said...