Wednesday, March 21, 2007

beyond redemption

This old farmhouse has reached the tipping point where it's beyond redemption. The entire property is shockingly decayed and the barn and outbuildings are downright dangerous. A strong wind and the entire complex will simply collapse.

It takes a little imagination to picture this old farmhouse in its prime. The roof has been patched with materials that don't pretend to match. One of the upper windows has been replaced but perhaps that was just an attempt to forstall water damage.

The original porch would have wooden posts and some gingerbread in the corners. The bushes would have been trimmed back so that the occupants could have gazed at the road through the now hidden bay window. There's a lawn chair to the left where they would have sat drinking lemonade after a hard days work.

It's in an area that is being heavily developed and the condition of the house and outbuildings tell me that it's probably been sold to a developer years ago. The owners usually move on and renters take up residence and the property reaches a point where the decay progresses exponentially.


Alan said...

Looks like it was a nice house at one time. We have much the same thing scattered all over North and Central Florida. Old houses that you can tell once were nice places, but have gradually decayed. Once in a while you'll see them renovated, but mostly they fall to pieces.


Lori said...

This must have been an absolutely beautiful house at one time. You can still see 'what used to be'.

It's such a shame to see homes like these fall apart. I think they were built better and have so much more character than their counterparts of today.

Zanne said...

Alan, it seems to be the same all over the world. I was looking through photos posted by the "Rural Decay" group on Flickr and there are many of the same scenes in Spain and other countries. It seems we are all witnessing the passing of a certain way of life.

Lori - I agree these homes have some fantastic details that would cost a fortune to replicate. A modern home has different dimensions or ratios or something.

pablo said...

But didn't these older homes lack closet space? And modernizing the plumbing and electricity would be tough. Insulation?

There is a trade off, I think.


KatKit13 said...

Oh what a beauty. These make me sadder than the barns being torn down sometimes. I mean there was a family who lived and loved in that house. It just seems like the house is crying.

And the workmanship in the details - that thin clapboarding, those fish-scale shingles... what a stunner it must have been in its day. I'd love to see the inside and the woodwork it hides.

Anonymous said...

I drive by this house quite often, as I live in Batavia. It breaks my heart to see the neglect this house is the victim of - I'm sure the Brummel's that built this house would be sad to see this state as well.