The Poor House

As a kid I remember older folks using the term"ending up in the poor house".I always believed it to be just a term meaning one was broke. Well, recently I did a little research on this building. I have passed this gorgeous piece of fine architecture a bazillion times in my life. I'm kinda obsessed with this place. Just ask my husband! Well come to find out,this was built to house the poor in the 1800's.

It is privately owned now and it has fallen into disrepair. Such a sad thing.

Sometime during the 1900's it was used by or for a bible college. Now she just sits crumbling away peacefully to the music of birds that have made their homes in her trees. A more serene place I have not encountered.  Despite the broken windows and boarded up doors she is still beautiful in an almost spiritual kind of way.

                        I guess you could say she did her job.I just wish she had been treated more kindly.


 For more pictures and to see the inside click on this link. http://rejectedmemories.com/locations/poorhouse/


sawn48 said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if some of the rich actors, actresses, ball players,or musicians would adopt some of those old places like you mention and open them up and hire some folks to restore them and then run them for people who are less fortunate.I know they would need to teach the dwellers to help keep them clean,in good repair, and running smooth, but those types of stipulations could be part of the contract.

Anonymous said...

I love buildings like that and it is always special to know the history. Unfortunately keeping them up is horribly expensive. Imagine having to heat a place like that. (The way they were built cooling was usually not a problem.) Maybe a group or municipality could persuade the owner to sell and have it restored.

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Lovely photos Tami and I agree with Sue & dogsmom.

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

It is so sad that this seems to be the destiny of large, old buildings. I'm fascinated by these buildings such as this one as they hold so many untold stories and so much history.

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

I adore old buildings, especially brick ones. I love the details of antique architecture and it makes me sad that they don't build them like this anymore. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos. Hopefully, someone will save this building.


Jen said...

I love this house!!! If only I was a millionaire.....I would find a way to fix it up. Thanks for sharing this beautiful building. Loved the staircase inside.