Two weeks ago, I included a sad little house in the gallery of doors. I’ve been looking for a house for Teagan’s story that fits her general concept for Birdie Devovo’s house. Teagan mentioned that the house would “need some work” – which is harder to find than you might think. Well, that’s not entirely true. Finding houses that need work is actually pretty easy. Finding ones that can be adapted to Mississippi in the late 1950s-1960s is more difficult.
It’s all in the details.
Details like wheelie bins for recycling parked up against the side of the house. In the period in which Teagan is writing, we were still burning trash and putting everything that didn’t burn into metal garbage cans. Garbage was my job until the mid-60s when my parents finally considered me old enough to burn the trash.
Other details include the cars parked in the driveways of houses, the barbeque grills on the deck, the deck itself (porches were more popular in that era), and a host of decorative items like flags for pets, sports teams and colleges. Some of these can be removed with PhotoShop, others would take way more Photo-surgery skill than I have. Then, there’s the “needs work” element. Almost every house needs something, who am I to judge? Even the ones that are being put up for sale, walked away from and removed, could be a nice home to someone. I just needed to find one Birdie could call home.
Many of the houses that obviously need work are currently abandoned, like the sad house I featured in that earlier post. I would have used that house, but the snow plow driver had clipped the mailbox, and someone had placed it on the front step, leaning against the door. Other houses (in the gallery) fell into the “too far gone” category and, in fact, some are literally gone as I write this post. One of the newly missing is a house I featured several weeks ago. The shingles had been stripped and it appeared the house was on its way to a rich new life. Unfortunately, the shingles had been removed because they contained asbestos. The interior of the house also contained asbestos, and once all of that had been safely removed, the house was torn down.
It’s so sad to see a house being torn down. It’s one thing to tear a house down after a fire, in order to rebuild, but in this case, a developer appears to be turning the location into a parking lot for a new strip mall. In a town that has very little low-income housing available, I’d rather see a developer restore a multi-family house for its original intended purpose. At least the front door will live on in the archives of Thursday Doors.
Thursday Doors is a weekly adventure in photography and a celebration of all things hinged. Brought to us by Norm Frampton, the best host a blogfest could ever hope for. If you want to participate in this fun event, go get a picture of a door – remember, they won’t be around forever – and then head on up to Norm’s place. He will have instructions for you to add a link to your post for all the other door lovers to see. If you don’t have a door, but like seeing interesting doors, well, the same instructions will get you there.
PS: I think I found a house for Birdie. Teagan says she likes it and can work with it. It’s in today’s gallery, but you’ll have to guess, or wait for the episode where she uses it. It certainly needs work, and it needed work before I could hand it off to Teagan. I had to remove a modern car and a For Sale sign from view. I feel better about using a home that is for sale or unoccupied.
Today’s sad doors are hoping for a white knight to save them from the wrecking crew.