Vikingsholm is one of the finest Scandinavian style homes in the country. It was built between 1928-1930 by Lora Josephine Knight as a summer vacation home. Lora and her husband, James, were major funders of Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic. James unfortunately passed away before Vikingsholm was built. The source of the inspiration for the home came from a trip to Scandinavia. Emerald Bay reminded her of the fjords she saw during a trip and she wanted to built home that she felt was appropriate for the scenery. Notable Scandinavian elements include boulders embedded in mortar, hand hewn timbers, carvings around doors and roof edges with Scandinavian motifs (like dragon heads), nordic fireplaces, and a sod roof. She also incorporated other Northern European ideas into the house as well. Though the architecture is undoubtedly Scandinavian, it is itself a unique structure. Scandinavian architecture in the country comprises many varieties so a result Vikingsholm is truly one of a kind, which adds even more to its historical value.
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