Craftsmen and building materials were imported from Europe to complete Mr. Knapp's castle. Apparently, the "retreat" consisted of five bedrooms, observatory, studios, cottages, servant quarters, and a superintendent's house. Running water was provided by nearby waterfalls. (photo credit: Unknown. In addition to seeing it many times on the Internet, it is also at GeorgeOwenKnapp.com)
If you look at the two buildings to the far left of the fist photo. You will see that this stonework is all that is left of them. The whole place was destroyed in a wild fire in 1940. The Knapp family sold it to a ultra-famous German soprano Lotte Lehamm 46 days before the fire.
For those who know a little about the area, the water in the background is Lake Cachuma. The famous town of Solvang is about 12 miles beyond the lake. Solvang is a Danish community established in 1911. It is a great place to visit. For me, that means visit no more than once every 5-10 years. I say that because it never changes. I'll shut up now and let you look at the photos.
I told her not to drive the Jeep so hard! She didn't listen!
Seriously, I have no idea why, but this jeep was sitting on the property.
After about 10 minutes we came to another locked gate. But read the sign! "Right To Pass Revocable By Owner." There was another sign at the ruins that said: "This is Private Property and Under 24-Hour Video Surveillance." It also said that they would give a reward to anyone who reported acts of vandalism. In other words, "look around, but don't screw anything up! I have no idea who owns this place, but I love them!
George Owen Knapp
Thanks for using so much stonework George!
My friend, the lovely and talented Alex J. Cavanaugh, has just released his latest Science Fiction thriller...
A Storm gathers across the galaxy...
Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he'd put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron's ideal life is threatened and he's caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.
After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. the declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy's mind.
Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world beings to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle...
CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction - Space Opera/Adventure
Print ISBN 9781939844002
E-book ISBN 9781939844019
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