Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Long gone, they are.

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.


  1. Old houses make me wonder too,you can almost hear the laughter of chilren from days gone by as you walk in the halls!

  2. I love old houses myself and it bothers me when I catch an old Victorian wrapped in stucco rather than brought back to it's glory.
    Great post and I love your imagination.

  3. It is very sad to see such a fine old house go to rack and ruin. I'd just love it.

  4. I find these old houses so fascinating....I cant help but fall a little in love with them and want to save them. You know they were loved and happy once, long long ago...perhaps its better to have loved once and fall apart then never be loved at all? philosophy ;)

  5. The stories you found in that old house have given it meaning once more. I like to think houses take on life from those who lived, grew up, died and slept there. This house has a gentle spirit-thanks for waking it up for us.

  6. You really gave this house meaning. I'm picturing it now, like one of those movies where the house is magically transformed from the present back in time to the past when it was new. It's sad to think about the hopes and dreams of the people who lived there being abandoned.

  7. Thank you for taking a moment to document someone's beloved home...we may never know who or how many lived in this one time beautiful home but you took a moment in time to recognize their story. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  8. Sigh,,,,I'm glad you took her picture too,even though her glory days are gone, her bones still stand.It may well be her last picture,,,and I too love imagining who lived, worked, and loved inside her walls.Good for you for giving her a moment of attention,,,she deserves it for sure!

  9. i am catching up
    where in the world have i been
    i feel like this house!
    which i LOVE photographing and painting
    old places