Abandoned (296/365)

by Lee Santiva October. 23, 2019 95 views
Cupola featuring a bracketed cornice

Cupola featuring a bracketed cornice

This house stood empty and abandoned for decades. I would pass it often on my way to visiting relatives who live about one hour west of Chicago.

It was built in the Italianate style which was the most popular architectural style in USA from 1840 - 1885. I suppose it got caught up in a historic preservation battle.

Classic Italianate style farmhouse ca. 1840 - 1885

Classic Italianate style farmhouse ca. 1840 - 1885

The roof doesn't look bad, and the windows are mostly intact, so somehow it managed to hold up under the neglect. The house had many details which attest to the high quality of its initial design and construction.

Heart-shaped details carved into the wooden frame of the entryway porch

Heart-shaped details carved into the wooden frame of the entryway porch

None of that matters anymore. When I captured it in May 2019, the wrecking escavator was in place: it was about to be torn down. I guess the fight to save it and preserve it as a historical residence was lost. I'm sure there is something modern and ugly in its place by now like a convenience store.

Abandoned house about to be torn down

Abandoned house about to be torn down

All of the land which had belonged to the farm had been sold and developed over the past decades, just the house was left standing, abandoned until May 2019.

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Lynn F Medley 3 weeks, 2 days ago

How sad,,thank you for sharing , beautiful images!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Lynn F Medley 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Thanks for the compliment and for commenting Lynn, it is always appreciated!!

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Jay Boggess 3 weeks, 4 days ago

All things in the material world eventually fade away........no???

3 weeks, 4 days ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 3 weeks, 4 days ago

well they say diamonds are forever...

3 weeks, 4 days ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 3 weeks, 2 days ago

"They say" a lot of things, that are unsubstantiated.....no???
Has anyone been around forever to double check????+1 smile +1

ps....My participation, here on Photo Blog, will be very limited for a month or so, while I tour with my Son on his speaking engagements. I'll drop in here & there, as time permits! Have a lovely Holiday Season!
Cheers!
Jay

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Buster Bruce 3 weeks, 4 days ago

The story of most abandoned places- we all just look at them until they are going to be torn down- then we miss them and ask why! I enjoyed your images and story Lee.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Buster Bruce 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Thanks Buster. I actually was trying out my brand new Fujifilm 200mm zoom lens I had bought about one hour before. I thought I‘d like to zoom in on that tower at the top and was really excited by the result and took a couple more pictures trying to get a feel for the lens, only yesterday when I realized I couldn‘t spontaneously shoot „abandoned“ due to rain did I remember I had these photos. Glad you liked today‘s blog

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Buster Bruce Replied to Lee Santiva 3 weeks, 4 days ago

I always like your posts

3 weeks, 4 days ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Buster Bruce 3 weeks, 4 days ago

smilesmilesmile  you made my day!!!

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