The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Lifestyles

July 22, 2013

Castle tours set

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“There were always hammers going our whole time here. In fact, it hasn’t stopped, because we working on the ballroom now,” St. George said.

Most of the rooms, including the tower, were constructed in what he calls the “Grand Project” in late 1993. As a wet summer continued to delay the work, the designs for the addition grew.

The ballroom’s floor was poured in early 1994. The project has spanned almost 20 years, with some details still remaining before its completion. It is the largest room in house.

“Adrianne used to say we made our ballroom smaller than the one at the white house because we didn’t want to be ostentatious,” St. George said.

Much of the work at Havencrest halted after Adrianne’s death on June 1, 2006. St. George started traveling for the first time, rarely staying at his home for more than 30 days at a time. Holidays, birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated out of town, sometimes even out of the country.

“I couldn’t stay here,” St. George said. “It made me sad to be here, cause it’s just filled with all these memories of just doing it all together.”

Some of the projects continued.

However, St. George said he was operating on automatic pilot.

“My heart wasn’t in it, but I was just kind of doing the details, finishing things,” St. George said.

His creativity slowly returned to him approximately two years ago, when he began sculpting again. Eventually he started working on the house.

The idea to offer tours came to St. George when a friend and local high school teacher brought some of her students to the castle. St. George enjoyed showing them around and explaining all of the rooms.

“It was inspiring them, but they were inspiring me,” St. George said. He had forgotten what it was like to entertain.

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