Sadly, Utterly Abandoned Homes

I love them all and so many more. There will definitely have to be a second homes series. If anyone has any information on any of these, please share!

This most likely used to be a hotel. The image was taken upstate New York, around Hunter Mountain. http://highaperture.com

What an awesome building! This most likely used to be a hotel. The image was taken upstate New York, around Hunter Mountain. This photo has been posted on so many different sites, it was hard to tell who the original photographer was. My best guess is ckdhtc on High Aperture – only because I enlarged the photo to such a degree that I could see this on the bottom corner.  The house next to it looks to be in the same sad state of neglect. I’d love to explore both places. There are horses in the left mid image. Someone must care for them which makes me wonder if at least part of the house is occupied. A wonderful commenter took the time to find the missing answers. This is the old, abandoned Cold Springs Hotel in Tannersville, New York.

When I first saw this house I thought it wasn't too late to save it. Then I found that the photo was taken in the early 1970s. We can only hope someone actually saved it. "Fixer upper. Upper Fairmont," Somerset County, Maryland "Eastern Shore Series," Maryland. Photo by Steve Szabo, 1940-2000

When I first saw this house I thought it wasn’t too late to save it. Then I found that the photo was taken in the early 1970s. We can only hope someone took it on and it’s now a fabulous rehabbed home. It’s known as “Fixer upper. Upper Fairmont,” Somerset County, Maryland. “Eastern Shore Series” by Steve Szabo, 1940-2000

Leadloch was the home of the Waddell family, descendants of the Waddells of Holehouseburn. The house has some unusually elaborate architectural features, including a heraldic panel above the main door, and mottoes or inscriptions above many of the other doors and windows.  Sadly, it is now abandoned and falling into disrepair. Near to Fauldhouse, West Lothian, Great Britain. Copyright Anne Burgess on Geograph.org.uk

Leadloch was the home of the Waddell family, descendants of the Waddells of Holehouseburn. The house has some unusually elaborate architectural features, including a heraldic panel above the main door, and mottoes or inscriptions above many of the other doors and windows. Sadly, it is now abandoned and falling into disrepair. Near to Fauldhouse, West Lothian, Great Britain. Copyright Anne Burgess on Geograph.org.uk

Abandoned house in Barrie, Ontario, by Anthony Goto on Flickr.

Abandoned house in Barrie, Ontario, by Anthony Goto on Flickr.

Abandoned house near Knoxville, Tennessee, by dfbphotos on Flickr.

Abandoned house near Knoxville, Tennessee, by dfbphotos on Flickr. Obviously ravaged by fire.

Abandoned house near Waterville, Douglas County, Washington, USA. By Robin on Wikimedia Commons.

Abandoned house near Waterville, Douglas County, Washington, USA. By Robin on Wikimedia Commons.

Creep-factor is very high now, but imagine what once was. Unknown photographer. Image found on Exterior Design for Houses.

Creep-factor is very high now, but imagine what once was. Unknown photographer. Image found on Exterior Design for Houses.

Abandoned house west of Dunbeath near to Balnabruich, Highland, Great Britain. Copyright Jonathan Billinger on Geograph.org.uk.

Abandoned house west of Dunbeath near to Balnabruich, Highland, Great Britain. Copyright Jonathan Billinger on Geograph.org.uk.

McPike Mansion is a 135 year-old home (1865) located in Alton, IL. It has not been occupied for over 50 years and is in need of considerable restoration. By Black.Doll on Flickr.

McPike Mansion is a 135 year-old home (1865) located in Alton, Illinois. It has not been occupied for over 50 years and is in need of considerable restoration. By Black.Doll on Flickr.

It may look derelict, but it's someone's home in Istanbul, Turkey. By Andrew Garton on Flickr.

It may look derelict, but it’s someone’s home in Istanbul, Turkey. By Andrew Garton on Flickr.

Victorian era farmhouse in Ashland, Ohio by VisualMercenary on deviantART.

Victorian era farmhouse in Ashland, Ohio by VisualMercenary on deviantART.

Derelict house by kingbillie72 on Deviantart.

Derelict house by kingbillie72 on Deviantart.

Bjørke, Møre og Romsdal, Norway. The closest I could find to a copyright holder is Hicksworth on Reddit.

Very cool, yet very creepy! Found in Bjørke, Møre og Romsdal, Norway. The closest I could find to a copyright holder is Hicksworth on Reddit. A commenter on that thread had been to the house as it was just 5 minutes from his/her grandparents. The front steps lead to a set of windows. The entrance is in the back of the house. How weird is that? I can’t tell if that’s a rotten black hole next to the steps or if it’s just burn marks from a fire.

This house is reported to be haunted and it's changed ownership several times in a short period. Somewhere in California. Unknown photographer. I saw this house in a real estate listing several years ago. I saved the image to my computer, but forgot to add any details. When I went back to find it, the listing was gone and I couldn't find any info anywhere. The picture is all over the internet now, but no one has any information on it.

This house is reported to be haunted and it had changed ownership several times in a short period. Somewhere in California. Unknown photographer. I saw this house in a real estate listing several years ago. I saved the image to my computer, but forgot to add any details. When I went back to find it, the listing was gone and I couldn’t find any info anywhere. The picture is all over the internet now, but no one has any information on it. If you know where this is or have any history about it, please let me know. Thanks!

Abandoned Piketon, Ohio homestead by Don O'Brien on Flickr.

Abandoned Piketon, Ohio homestead built in the 1800s. Photo by Don O’Brien on Flickr.

Abandoned house, Fenstanton near to Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain. Copyright Hugh Venables on Geograph.org.uk.

Abandoned house, Fenstanton near to Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain. Copyright Hugh Venables on Geograph.org.uk.

Photo 1 - Very cool creepy Addams Family Victorian by Orin Zebest on Flickr.

Photo 1 – Very cool creepy Addams Family Victorian by Orin Zebest on Flickr.

Photo 2 - Model railroad Creepy House on Hill prop! by Orin Zebest on Flickr.

Photo 2 – Model railroad prop! Now look at the photo above again and see how at first glance it looked real! Creepy House on Hill by Orin Zebest on Flickr.

Smith Island, Maryland by Lee Cannon on Flickr

Smith Island, Maryland by Lee Cannon on Flickr.

Abandoned farmhouse, easternmost Montana Abandoned farmhouse, easternmost Montana near the North Dakota border, next to a field of sunflowers. Photo by Roy Luck on Flickr. Newer Older Near the North Dakota border, next to a field of sunflowers

Abandoned farmhouse, easternmost Montana near the North Dakota border, next to a field of sunflowers. Photo by Roy Luck on Flickr.

Abandoned Farmhouse near Scio, Oregon by DBerry2006 on Flickr.

Abandoned Farmhouse near Scio, Oregon by DBerry2006 on Flickr.

Abandoned House Near Delaware River by Tony Fischer on Flickr.

Abandoned House Near Delaware River by Tony Fischer on Flickr.

Awesome old Victorian somewhere near North Vernon, Indiana. Upon close inspection the photographer believed that someone currently lives in this house. Photo by Bill & Bicki Tracey on Flickr.

Awesome old Victorian somewhere near North Vernon, Indiana. Upon closer inspection, the photographer believed that someone currently lives in this house. Photo by Bill & Bicki Tracey on Flickr.

Abandoned houses are
illusion reaching
its end;

wind and rain and time
root for the
ground.

They have the calmness brought
by defeat,
the bearing of farmers

who are whittled
and resist no more than
enough.

See how easily the earth
takes them back:
an eye here,

a bone there, the same rite
as with the animate.
The open windows

are in the flight path of night
tired and bound
for home.

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29 thoughts on “Sadly, Utterly Abandoned Homes

  1. The last house in , the queen Ann cottage is not empty people live there it is in north Vernon at 305 Jennings st it was my grand mother’s home and family members still live there its a shame it is in such shape it has only gotten to this condition in the last few years after my grandmother had passed and it was given to to the person who lives there

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    • I’m glad to know the house isn’t totally abandoned, but it’s sad to see such a beauty slowly falling down. It’s usually a matter of money that causes such decay. So very sad. It’s not too late to save it, though, and perhaps a miracle will occur to bring it back before it is too late.

      Thank you for taking the time to update me on the house’s occupancy and your relation to it! I appreciate it.

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  2. The one i like has the caption:

    “Very cool, yet very creepy! Found in Bjørke, Møre og Romsdal, Norway. The closest I could find to a copyright holder is Hicksworth on Reddit. A commenter on that thread had been to the house as it was just 5 minutes from his/her grandparents. The front steps lead to a set of windows. The entrance is in the back of the house. How weird is that? I can’t tell if that’s a rotten black hole next to the steps or if it’s just burn marks from a fire.”

    I don’t suppose anyone has a floor plan? Would like to duplicate it here in the US.

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  3. What a great collection. I use to photograph dead trees, back in the 70’s,
    A friend of mine bought two properties one to restore and live in, the other, next door, was constructed with stone and bricks which had been abandoned more that 50 years ago. This he wanted to leave in its state of decomposition. He saw the old charm in it. He thought it was on sacred ground and shouldn’t be touched, but only by plants, birds and other creatures seeking shelter.

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    • I’d love to post a series of your dead tree pictures if you’d like to share any here. 🙂

      I’ve mixed feelings on leaving old houses to rot away. While I love that utter abandoned poignancy, I also see them as a waste of what could be good homes for all the homeless people in the world. Some houses are clearly too far gone, but many others only need a group similar to Habitats for Humanity to step in and save them.

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  4. I enjoy old architecture so much! Thank you for gathering and sharing! I, too, always hope that these once lovely places get attention and restoration. One can dream…

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    • It is sad, Brenda. I often think of the number of homeless people who could’ve had a house given to them rather than let it go to waste. :\

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  5. Please, someone give me information on these homes. I’ve been looking for a gem to restore. It’s sad to see the images above. I can save at least one.

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    • I wish I had some details to give you, Rick. All I know about each one is found in the info provided by the photographer – if they gave any with the image. Click on the names below each picture to see what they may have said. I hope you found a cool old abandoned house to restore! I’d love to do the same. 🙂

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  6. Thankyou so much! Enjoyed the lovely houses… I often wonder of the people who lived there lives there… Some are behind repair… But the poem at the end was poignant and beautiful…. Like the soul.. Of these houses….

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  7. I am so happy I came upon your website. I too love old houses, I have never known why but I feel a sadness and happiness at the same time. It feels like I am drawn to these old abandoned homes. The stories that went with them must have been something. I one day will know why I am drawn so much to these pictures. Its so strong of a passion. Right away I wonder about the families and what their lives were like. Wow” its so comforting.

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