We had just gotten back from a trip to the British Isles. Norman thought he was going to have a heart attack and wanted to see Europe before he died. He later found out that it was just anxiety.
Ruined Irish castles and farmhouses were the inspiration here. The single penetration of the facade is a point of focus and contrast with the enormous, carefully proportioned stone wall. That the wall turns to wood is simply the result of budget restraints.
Norman had previously done both an apartment and a film studio for Harold in New York City. Their friendship endured to Norman's death.