Sinclairsholm, Skåne, Sweden, ca 1908
The original castle was constructed mainly of wood and completed in 1626. There are been at least two major fires that resulted in changes to the outward appearance of the castle. Today the main portion of the building dates from 1788. One of the things that makes this particular card historically interesting is that the building has the French Chateau style mansard roof, designed by Mauritzberg From, that was the result of a major renovation completed in 1880. There was another fire in 1904. In 1956 a second major renovation and restoration project replaced the French Chateau style and restored the building to its original 1788 design, seen below in a Google Image. It has a completely different look making the Chateau style a sort of historical oddity of less than 100 years.
[photo: Google Images and
My family members may find it fun and interesting to note that among all the properties that he held, Anders Sinclair at one time exchanged one of his fiefdoms for Hammerhus on the Danish island of Bornholm since that island is where my paternal grandfather was born and lived until he came to America in the 1890s. In 1982 we visited Bornholm and walked around the ruins of Hammerhus.
Part of the Hammerhus, Bornholm ruins, Denmark, 1982
It is always fun to find some connection to places, events and people. Postcards offer peeks into the past that often result in unexpected surprises.
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