Thursday, January 15, 2009

Falling Down #2

Recently, I shared that I have a fascination with structures in a state of disrepair, and made it my goal to finally stop and photograph them in 2009. This house was actually my second choice. The place I wanted to photograph collapsed earlier on the very day I had resolved to stop! I'd been driving past it for nine years and I kept telling myself I'd get around to taking pictures ... but not today. The moral of the story is to not put things off or you may miss it altogether.

This little house is on Hwy. 380 West, just north of Frisco, Texas. As recently as last summer, a family called this 'home'. I always found it amusing that the house was collapsing around them, and in the right side yard stood a full-size trampoline.
It just seemed so random. What would they do if it did fall down? Live under the tramp?

You don't really get it from the photos, but this house is leaning into its center from every side. Walking in it must have been weird.

Note the curtains still hanging in the windows.
This place had to be miserable — no AC and not a fiber of insulation.

I thought the place was completely abandoned,
but then I saw these guys.


ezra_pandora said...

WOW. Someone actually lived there less than a year ago?? How crazy. I hope someone's caring for those little guys. I love the coloring you had the pictures in too :)

C-ingspots said...

I love those photos, just amazing. They look like something out of the old west to me. Very good job Leah! And, it is amazing that a family lived there so recently and wierder still that they just abandoned the house. That doesn't happen around here, you never see abandoned houses.

cdncowgirl said...

It seems kinda sad that there was someone living there. I mean they must have been really down on their luck.
Do you know if someone is taking care of the cattle?

Great job with the pics. You can tell that house must have been a really nice home in its day.

Leah Fry said...

Although there was no food in their trough, their water tank was sparkling clean and full. The cattle appeared to be well fed. There is late model truck sitting in the driveway with a For Sale sign on it. I'm assuming the folks moved but continue to use the barn and pens, at least temporarily. It won't be long before that whole area will be homogenized shopping, just like everywhere else.

Leah Fry said...

Oh yeah -- the cattle had most of a round bale, too.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

What a sad, forlorn little house. The photos are beautifully done, Leah. They invoke a feeling of time past and time standing still.

Who owns those cows, though? Did they get left behind?

ps, You asked about being a contributor for Healthy as a Horse. It was Nuzzling Muzzles idea to start it, so feel free to ask her. I'm not as active as I would like to be, but I am following along with NM in spirit.


nomore said...

I would like to live in there....

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Leah - I meant to answer you sooner. Yes, you can be a contributor to "Healthy as a Horse". If you want to be a regular author send me your email address to and I'll give you the rights. Thanks.

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