It was built to impress, once upon a time. Two stories, attic, basement for coal delivery and food storage, fancy trim on the porch and a bump out on two floors with three windows for light.
Probably built in the late or early 1900's and now left to ruin. It's stood that long and then nobody cared for it.
I certainly don't know it's history but I can tell you it makes me very sad to see these beautiful old farm homes deteriorate like this. Just as it makes me sad to see downtown areas in cities boarded up, left unattended.
Of course, this house was out in the countryside in Iowa. Not much industry around there and if you couldn't make a go at farming well, then this is very likely to happen.
I have no answers. I just take pictures of what I consider icons of our past so before they fall down completely there is a record of their existence.
This house, at one time, was built by carpenters, designed by someone, details added by some folks that wanted to live in a well built, sturdy and pretty house. People lived their life in that house. The barn had completely collapsed but at one time, somebody went out to it twice a day to milk cows, feed animals, take care of their lively hood.
I don't know if they had children. Maybe they did but they didn't want to stay so isolated from the rest of the world. Maybe they didn't want to farm.
Who ever this farm was passed on to didn't keep it up. Neglected it. Maybe they too found the going rough.
There is no point in a group of people fixing this home up for one of the thousands of homeless out there. Unless they give them transportation and a job it's to far off the track to provide for them. It seems like such a waste. Once the independent farmer could make a go of it, provide for their family.
Just thinking about things today.
:)Bea I'm glad I took it's picture.