This project is a spin-off from the theme park concepts you usually see here. I was approached to conceptualize the re-development of a recently-acquired historic manor house (built in 1845 on seven acres in Indiana). The new owner (the man behind this project) has re-named the estate Thornhaven Manor. Here are some photos of the estate as it currently exists:
The current house is over 6,000 sq.ft. and features 25ft ceilings. The property has a lot of woods, a small orchard, large barn, and natural spring. For more photos or information on the property and its history (or to follow its progress) check out the Thornhaven Manor Facebook page.
Now, the idea here is to convert this entire property into an entertainment/recreational venue in the vein of the Haunted Mansion, Clue, the Addams Family, etc. The commercial possibilities include themed weekend excursions, corporate events, a haunted bed & breakfast style inn, paranormal tours, murder-mystery-comedy experiences, or a game akin to "Ten Little Indians." This is a place where adventures await: full of secret passages, hidden chambers, a staff of unusual servants, an eccentric lord. The grounds could include a hedge maze, family crypt and servants quarters.
As a designer, my first step was to address what the main house should look like and how it could be reasonably altered from what is there now to make it more theatrical. There are no known blueprints for the house, so I created a conceptual elevation/color study from scratch by looking at the few photographs of the building:
This project is in its early stages. Maybe in future posts you will see an illustrated floorplan, a site plan or other artwork for Thornhaven.