The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the city’s Historic District Review Board on Tuesday denied Martin’s request to allow Martin to exceed the building’s height limit in the historic district. The project consisted of a roof deck and an elevator tower.
Board member Frank Katz said, “This is a medieval castle, and I don’t understand how we can accept it in this style.”
Mark Graham lives south of the property and said residents “cannot support having a palace in the neighborhood”.
“With Mr. Martin and the notoriety of Game of Thrones, we are absolutely afraid that our neighborhood will become the next treasure hunt,” Graham said.
Officials denied a similar proposal earlier this year, saying the project did not meet height and style standards and did not fit with the historic district’s character.
Alexander Dzurec architecture firm Autotroff filed an application for a waiver in height and said on Tuesday that the library’s purpose was a “very large collection” of literature and “other collectibles”.
More than 40 neighbors had signed a letter urging the Historic District Review Board to reject the request.
Guy Gronquist signed the letter and read it at the meeting, stating that the architect had gone to “great pains to compare it with the existing medieval-style structures in Santa Fe”. But those buildings are not surrounded by houses, he said.
“The fact that the proposed building is still a major palace in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Santa Fe,” the letter said. “It will not be visible.”