Category Archives: Architecture

Beautiful Simplicity In This Simple Home

Cinder Block Tiny Home

A cinder block home.
A simple cinder block home.

Home Should Be So Humble

This home drew my interest because of it’s simplicity. It’s humble but there is still color and style.  A window with curtains, a wood door, and a color scheme is about all it really takes to make a cinder block building look like “home”.

Not all of us need giant mansions with all the comforts and furnishings that we can acquire. The want for these things can never end . With that chase for what we want, we forget what is really required for simple shelter.

This home was there before the tiny home became trendy.

The Forgotten Building On State Route 37

A Forgotten Building. Why?

Forgotten Building In A Field
Forgotten Building On State Route 37 in Fairfield County, Ohio.

I’ve watched this building decay for at least 25 years. It may have been setting like this longer. It appears as though it was moved from somewhere else and place here on some rocks. The owners have farmed around it and ignored it all of this time.

It’s their business, but I cannot help but wonder why? Why go through the hassle. What is the significance of this building that allows it to stand? Was it a loved one’s workshop? Do they know it’s bothering someone and leave it here to spite them? Is it reserving a zoning change that allows for a replacement if they want? I can only wonder.

It’s one of many buildings I take notice of that are falling apart. “Rural Decay” is the category of photography that best describes this. How they take so long to fall down is always a curious wonder.

Out The Back Door

Old back doors.
Antique back doors.

If you can control a mans thinking, you dont have to worry about his actions. If you can determine what a man thinks you do not have worry about what he will do. If you can make a man believe that he is inferior, you dont have to compel him to seek an inferior status, he will do so without being told and if you can make a man believe that he is justly an outcast, you dont have to order him to the back door, he will go to the back door on his own and if there is no back door, the very nature of the man will demand that you build one. – Carter G. Woodson

 

The Historic Russell-Cooper House In Mount Vernon, Ohio.

The Historic Russell-Cooper House In Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Russell-Cooper House On Gambier Street in Mount Vernon, Ohio
The Russell-Cooper House in Mount Vernon, Ohio

The Russell-Cooper House is a bed and breakfast in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The home was built in 1830’s and remained in one family until the current owner.

I remember this being referred to as “The Birthday Cake House” when I was younger. Mount Vernon was safe enough then that I was free to roam the east side of town on my bicycle and explore. As a boy, I often wondered why anyone would need such a huge house.

Most of these large house have been maintained. Some are converted into apartments. They all have “carriage houses” in the back where horses were kept.

There is more detailed information at the Russell-Cooper House website.

The Elbow Lounge In Newark, Ohio

The Elbow Is Now A Health Hazard In Downtown Newark, Ohio

I was never in it. I hear that the city isn’t missing much with it gone. All that matters now is that it’s a health hazard. Bricks are falling off of it and it’s a temptation for a break-ins and the usual problems that come with abandoned buildings.

Back of The Elbow Lounge in Newark, Ohio.
The back of The Elbow Lounge in Newark, Ohio.

According to an old newspaper article I found, the county bought the property quite a while back. Still, other than the added fence around it, not much has been done with it.

The ghost advertising shows that it was once called The Kern Hotel.

Rooftops And Lights

New lights and roofs with old brick building in the background.
Busy photo of new roofs and fixtures against old brick buildings.

This photo is a daily scene for me in downtown Newark, Ohio. The new lights and roofs contrast the shabby old brick buildings behind them. It’s a time of renewal. Bought, paid for, and failing vs. new and financed through the taxpayers future money, bank loans, and grand money with  federal rules attached.  There are always trade-offs.

Someday soon, those brick buildings will probably been demolished. People will complain after their demise and quickly forget how bad they really were. What will take their place? I don’t know. Hopefully businesses that will last.

60 Year Old Modern Home

60 year old modern looking home.
This home on 21st in Newark, Ohio looks modern, but it was built 60 years ago.

The snow was a few weeks ago, but it really made this out-of-the-ordinary home look interesting. It’s on 21st Street in Newark, Ohio and there are a few homes near this that really stand out from the surrounding neighborhood.

I was shocked to look up the home and find out it was built in 1955! The look makes it seem much more modern than that. My hat’s off to the architects of that era that went against the grain and created so many interesting designs.