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Dondero Castle

March’s assignment for Chatter Magazine was a real treat — photographing the Dondero Castle here in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Dondero Castle - front view

What an incredible place, and a fabulous opportunity to see inside this absolutely breathtaking home.  The Donderos’  fascination with castles led them to build their own, on a bluff overlooking Chickamauga Lake.  With over 22,000 s.f., it was a daunting task to pick which images would best tell the story of this beautiful place.

With time and weather constraints, I had to shoot this place in less than 3 hours — and in wintertime as well!  However, the interior had incredible details, and I focused on these to try and tell it’s story.

Great Room

The massive great room, with its reclaimed wood (most of the woodwork in the home came from the existing grounds) and beams demanded a shot that would capture the vastness of the space.

I loved the fact that the castle had knights in armor, so I made sure that I got detail shots of these, as well as the hand-carved wood detail and the massive fireplace.

Knight in Armor

You can see a slideshow of the images at:  http://www.mwjphotography.com/slideshows/donderocastle/

For more information on my services, please see my website at:  http://www.mwjphotography.com


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