Fake Buildings

littlehouseI’ve seen at least a couple of small houses which have never been lived in. They were built to disguise equipment/ machinery for the telephone/ power company. It’s not so hard to recognize them because they all look about the same.

The image in this post comes from Google street view. This house is one I see every time I go to the local grocery store, it’s just a couple of streets away, in my neighbourhood.

Faux facades, fake buildings or whatever official name they have been given are interesting to find.

Have you seen any? You may not have noticed them. You may think your town is too small to have one, or any. It’s not the size of the town, however, it’s the location that counts.

  • power relay stations
  • cell phone infrastructure
  • train tunnels
  • ventilation
  • emergency access

Sources for other fake buildings:

Start Noticing Layers in the Urban Environment

I may be weird but I especially like the little details like painted over numbers and such. Something rusty draws me just as much as something shiny.

We recently did a couple of Thomasson exercises in my class (which focuses on the politics of ‘ruin porn’ and urban exploration), and it was an excellent way to help my students, who are mostly freshman, get to know their campus and start noticing the changes and layers in the urban environment around them. In this post, I’ll be sharing what we discovered and what I learned about using Thomassons as a teaching tool.

Source: Thomassons: Indiana University Edition | Rust Belt Anthro

Bare Brick Near Chesley (2007)

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Not much left but bricks. It looked like the ruins of an old castle still standing hundreds of years later. But, it was just a house. Likely destroyed by fire.

The cows were oddly intimidating. Or was it just because there were a couple of bulls there too. I don’t trust animals, or think of them as friendly pets at least. So I was careful exploring here. It took some daring for me to get into the area where the cows were kept.

Halloween Wallpaper

I especially like images of Halloween which include an old house, possibly haunted. The haunted part doesn’t matter to me. I just like an old house with a lot of detail and weathering. Here are a couple I found today. Not the detail of some but they do look weathered.

Note: Yes, it is the same image, just reversed in the second one. I found these on a wallpaper site this morning.

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Old House Quote from Calpurnius

Sometimes you read something on another blog that you could have written yourself. It’s a good thing that the world has so many different people in it who can think or feel the same way.

“I have a nasty habit of traveling roads left to themselves. As I came around a curve, I saw this house on its hill. Empty. Abandoned. The windows as dark as soulless eyes. I stood there in the overgrown driveway for what seemed like a lifetime as I debated going further. Something compelled me to move; something compelled me to stay. In that I found myself trapped like the house.”

From Calpurnius.com

I read this a couple of days ago but have been traveling a lot this week and have not had time to catch up here. This week I have been as far north as Sturgeon Falls and North Bay and as far south as the heart of downtown Toronto. (Drove through the Exhibition grounds and under the CN Tower).