Monday, February 27, 2006

function



The size and shape of this old structure suggest only one thing - an outhouse. A brick outhouse would be unusual in this area, hinting at a level of wealth and sophistication. There is no evidence inside that it was ever used for that purpose, unless the pit was filled in and the throne removed. Today it protects two metal drums which are steadily rusting into oblivion.

8 comments:

pablo said...

My first thought was a smokehouse, though I don't see any ventilation near the top.

Zanne said...

Pablo, I never thought of a smokehouse, because although they're everywhere in Kentucky or Tennessee I can't ever recall seeing a smokehouse around here. Isn't that odd?

pablo said...

I can recall seeing a few around St. Louis where I grew up, but I suppose smoking meats is a regional thing.

Rachel said...

I never saw a brick outhouse before! Maybe it was for feed storage or something?? Pretty picture!

Gracious Acres said...

Could it possibly be a pump house? Is there evidence of a windmill nearby? Or, it could have been a smokehouse until they had to put a new roof on it and patched in the ventilation.

Tim Rice said...

Whatever it is, it is beautiful especially with the sun shining on it.

Ron said...

You could say it was built like a brick ....... (you know the rest)

pablo said...

Actually, it looks a little deep (front to back) for being an outhouse. And where is the crescent window in the door?