Saturday, March 5, 2011

And Another One Bites the Dust

It was just a matter of time before this farm outbuilding collapsed.

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I'm pretty sure that when we moved her 17 years ago there was a farmhouse on the property. It's long gone and I vaguely remember that it was a traditional white two-story. The outbuildings remained.

This was quite a large wooden structure and my guess was that they raised chickens in here.

When it was standing I resisted the urge to take close-up photos or even enter inside to photograph. These buildings can be incredibly dangerous and there can also be old wells and other booby traps waiting for an unsuspecting photographer. These photos were taken from a distance and it was freezing and starting to snow.

Anyway, it blew over one day. Not surprising. The above image is just half of the story. It's the far end of the collapse.

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At one time this was a sturdy white clapboard building and it's a shame that it was allowed to degrade and become useless.

The old farm structures aren't the only things going the dust-to-dust route around here. We have two newer homes in our area that have been empty (due to the diving real estate market) for two years! Can you imagine how they are degrading, inch by inch?



7 comments:

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I see ads from artists looking for old barn wood. Wonder if they know about your area...it would be a motherlode.

Vee said...

It is sad to see the old barns and sheds go. Who can afford to keep up with them? And it is equally scary to think about real estate just sitting around because of the housing market. Here's to better days ahead...

Terri said...

New isn't built as well as the old was. New won't last as long.

lifeinredshoes said...

Makes me sad:( I love those old places....if walls could talk?

Anonymous said...

My husband just commented yesterday that these old barns seem all about the same age and so many right now look like the picture. They will soon all be gone. It has been a year of hard winds in the midwest.linda

Lisa D. said...

Have you watched the program, "Life After People"? It's kind of interesting to see just how quickly nature takes over, and signs of human activity can be erased. Being up here in northern Canadian bush country, we get to see just how quickly it can happen sometimes. The yard where we used to live sat empty for 2 years, and the black poplar trees sprang up across the lawn and grew 3 or 4 feet tall.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

I love these old buildings. So sad to see them falling down without anyone to care for them.
Have you walked over to them?
Would make a great photo shoot backdrop for Anthropologie or something!?