There's something so fascinating to me about huge homes and mansions. It kind of started with this house. I was in high school in Ft. Wayne, IN when Dick Freeland started building it. He's one of the most successful Pizza Hut franchisees in the country, and it's obviously served him well.
I remember hearing all the speculation and gossip (it was on the same side of town as my school) and being totally awestruck. I still recall specifics:
- He had to buy the construction company so they could be completely dedicated to it
- It was the second largest home under construction in the US at the time next to Bill Gates'
- The master bedroom is as big as a basketball court
- Because he's such a large political donor, all the windows are bullet proof (apparently George and Laura Bush have visited multiple times).
- It is over 35,000 sq. feet and cost $1,000 per sq. foot to construct.
Make no mistake, I have no idea the validity of them, but nonetheless it's fun to remember. I would drive by occasionally since one of my doctors was a few miles away and try to glimpse it through the woods. Oddly enough, it turns out that Charlan Brock & Associates, located in my current neck of the woods were the masterminds behind the design.