Much has been said about this three-story house – dubbed "Barnavelt's Folly" by its eccentric owner – and Lewis’ continual exploration of its every nook and cranny. It has a little bit of everything: ornate rooms of antique furniture, stained glass windows showing strange scenes, a hidden passage way – and, oh yes, how can we forget ... the ticking and tocking of some crazy clock.
Based somewhat on the impressive Jeremiah Cronin, Jr. House in John’s hometown of Marshall, Michigan, it’s a house that definitely catches the eye of residents and visitors alike. Built a century before John used it in his story, fans from far and wide have come to Marshall since John put the house on the map to see it first-hand, to have his or her picture take in front of it, and on even rarer occasion take a tour inside. To borrow a phrase, if you build it they will come. And they have.
We are pleased to have a number of photos and reflections of the Cronin House online: Polaroid snapshots from inside the house during the late 1970s as well as contemporary interior photographs for comparison, and comments from a fan seeing the house in person.