by Tigerkitti Eberdene
Well here we all are, back on GCG at the start of another great year for our grid. I was curious about some new ideas and builds people are doing.
I took some time to check up on a couple of amazing builds to feature for this month's article
The first one has been an ongoing labour of love for Bec Jigsaw.
She tends to call it "the monster" as it is a massive build! Each area is of a hotel that is called The Chelsea Hotel.
The Chelsea was opened in 1884 by the dreamer/creator Philip Hubert. In finding a name for her build on GCG, Bec said "I have been calling it the Monster even before I laid the first prim, so of course Amara to the rescue and here, you have The Kelsey".
The Kelsey is 12 stories high. The street floor will have as you go in a big fireplace and to the right the Lady's Waiting Room. Go down the one hallway to the right and there will be a Private dining room/ball room and a managers office. Go down the other hallway to the left and you will find another private dining room/ballroom, barbershop/men’s clothing, gentleman’s club. Behind the servant doors will be a laundry, wine room, bakery/produce, butcher, and a kitchen which serves all in The Kelsey that wish it. At the very end on the outside will be a public restaurant.
Floors 2 through 10 have 8 apartments on each level with different various configurations. Some will have kitchens many will have bathrooms but for the most part you won’t see a toilet in most as that was unseemly for the upper class. And others did not trust the invention of the toilet at that time.
Floor 11 will have 7 artist studios, 4 Bachelor/Bachelorette Apartments, Male servant quarters, Female servant quarters and a class room.
On the 12th floor Philip's dream is where she hopes to shine. His dream was that to be above the smoke and smog you will find a bit of paradise of green and trees with park benches and dancing areas. There are 3 little buildings the one in the middle is a hospital so loved ones could recuperate while family visited them. Remember, this was during the Victorian Era so tuberculosis and other such sickness often prevailed. The other two will be little houses.
In total there will be approximately 85 apartments, 4 artist studios, Male servant quarters, Female servant quarters, 1 class room, possible clinic, 2 dining room/ballrooms, Gentleman’s room, Ladies waiting room, laundry, Wine Cellar, Produce/Bakery, Butcher, Kitchen, and a management office and public restaurant.
Bec has been painstakingly working on this build for quite a while now. Each room has different wallpaper and decor to suit the era. She has spared no details!
I am certain that when she has finally finished it will be the most amazing place to visit, even to roleplay perhaps. Although the build has not been completed, and due to the extensive build, it may take a while, but everyone is welcome to go have a look as it develops.
Bec Jigsaw, your dream is amazing and I can't wait to see the completion. You give so much to our awesome grid, and I give you a warm Thank you Bec for sharing your wonderful build with us all.
The second build I visited is called Herring Neck. This land belongs and has been lovingly built by Roberto Viking.
This land has been designed to be a quaint Newfoundland town that his maternal grandparents were from.
Herring Neck and Joe Batt's Arm is in the northeast corner of Newfoundland.
Roberto did some photo research of those areas (which are just a few miles apart) to help with the designs as he wanted to try to give a realistic sense of the place.
During my tour, he showed me a map in the office of Kearley Brothers, which shows where in NF the towns are. It is quite fascinating to see that this is a build that is quite true to the area in real life.
This is a complete town, with new areas being worked on as well. Currently he has been building some new townhouses that are true to the colourful seaside builds of the East Coast.
A walk around the town gives you the feel of being there, with everything a town needs including the local post office.
In the sky, another wonderful area is the Road Test Cafe, and a series of roads you can drive on. Beside the cafe there are a nice selections of vehicles you can have for free to drive around in. I got to go on a driving tour and I loved how it seemed so realistic and fun.
Roberto has proved to be an excellent builder with a very true to life build of part of his family history. I would suggest everyone take some time for a visit!
Thank you Roberto Viking for your wonderful story about your family history and sharing this vision and amazing build with all of us.