Carolynn Walden, Eureka, CA exhibited the "Salle de garde" at the 2013 Good Sam Show. Carolynn is a publicist with the Good Sam Show and a long-time miniature collector. "I made this building in a Rik Pierce class. I transformed it into a French Renaissance guard room ("Salle de garde"). In medieval times, it was a fortified room in a castle or a gatehouse. During the Renaissance it became the grand entry room where ornaments were displayed to impress visitors with the owner's wealth and power."
"There is a small carved salamander on the exterior chimney wall. This is the emblem of the 16th century king, Francois Premier (Francis 1, 1494-1547). He is credited with initiating the Renaissance in France. His emblem can be seen on many buildings throughout France." In 1:12 scale, the exhibit is 18-inches wide, 18-inches deep and 30-inches tall.
Photos courtesy of Connie Sauve, Exhibit Chairman. Click on photos to enlarge.