The history of this building, known as “Casa degli Artisti”, literally House of Artists, is one of the best we’ve ever talked about, it’s a story of art and passion that deeply touches the heart of sensible people, so I believe you’ll love it!
Everything starts in the beginning of the last century, when the Bogani’s brothers decided to build an house for artists, a place where painters, sculptors, photographers and others could work in a comfortable environment and share ideas with each other, an attraction pole for intellectuals and artists, the source of a cultural debate for the whole city.
- by Don O’Brien, a view of Round house, Logan, Ohio, United States
The Logan Roundhouse, also known as Stewart’s Folly – is likely the oddest structure in the small Ohio town of Logan. The design, lacking in flat surfaces or corner, has a very low wind resistance. Concrete walls further enhance the durability to withstand extreme weather such as tornadoes or hurricanes. This building was to be a prototype for others along coastlines and Tornado Alley.
The shell construction began in 1971 and was completed in 1973. The walls are 8 inches thick at the base, and 5 inches thick in the walls. Two floors, a basement with garage, and a porch were constructed. The house was never completed, nor was it ever wired for electricity .Today it stands empty.
- by ryder, a view of Kettle House, Galveston, Texas
Rumor has it that this weird construction was built in the 1950′s and that it is the top of a silo turned upside down and roofed. One of the most interesting facts is that it managed to survive Hurricane Ike – a 2009 hurricane classified as a Tropical Depression Nine.
Treat, Shade, and Roggs, authors of the book “Weird Texas”, say that the house was built by a guy who used to build oil storage tanks. According to locals, nobody lives in the Kettle House, yet a man comes and does maintenance on the property every so often, only to disappear for long periods of time.
Unfortunately nobody has been able to talk with this guy, so we can just continue to ask ourselves why someone would build a house that looks like a tea kettle and if the weirdo internet rumor is true that it actually works like a tea kettle and if it is, in fact, designed to float during a flood.
["Weird Texas" by Treat, Shade and Roggs]
- by Mon Vazquez, a view of Bailly Houses, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
The “El Grajal” or Bailly house is an unique and magnificent example of galician art nouveau architecture.
The local government promised to restore it some time ago but this doesn’t seem to be happening.
It was designed by Antonio Tenreiro and Peregrín Estellés and built by the Bailly family between 1920 and 1924.
After the Spanish Civil War it was confiscated by the fascists, who used it for some years and then left it to rot.
The design and construction must be excellent since it has been in this sorry state for decades but it refuses to collapse.
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The villa was originally donated to the parish of San Cassiano in Imola: a guardians family lived there until 5 years ago, then the priest changed and so many things have changed with it…
Inside the house, there is a small chapel, the guardians said weekly a mass and the rosary during the month of May; now no one is cured of this tradition, which was a specific condition for the donation.
Afterwards, the owners were interest to sell the villa, however, they were not authorized to do so, because the will that assigned them the villa forbade it.
It’s a pity, the guardians family had to move and leave a villa of ’700 to a slowly decay. As it appears from the plans the villa is not suitable for nothing other than home or office. Furthermore, walls and ceilings are painted and in the hands of any architect it could become a beautiful studio! F.G
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Tagged house, imola, italy
Small town of 4,000 souls in Puglia counting dogs and cats.
I think these houses are inhabited, perhaps there was an attempt to place the properties on the market a few years ago, but there were conflicts of interest and all worked out in nothing.
The district is historical, but unfortunately most of the houses around there, the church and other buildings have been damaged by an earthquake a few years ago and never restored.
There is no money, the City has none, the owners do not have the sensitivity or the money and so everything has been left since then. Houses in particular may end up further damaged by seasonal migrants who illegally employ them as a base to work in the fields all summer.
- by Silvia Tamburrelli, a view of Serracapriola, Foggia, Italy
A beautiful ’60s house abandoned on the Romea street in Savio: a few minutes from the Adriatic sea, less than 30 minutes from Ravenna, how can this place be abandoned? The house market is so strange: so many people looking for an house and so many houses looking for new inhabitants!! We need to invert this trend … want to help?
- by lostlosangeles, a view of Tresure Island in the Oakland-San Francisco Bay
Treasure Island sits in the middle of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and exemplifies the rapid cycling of American progress and dereliction.
This artificial island was first created as part of the Golden Gate International Expo in 1936 and 1937, planned for and used as an airport for Pan American World Airways flying boats. During WWII it became part of the Treasure Island Naval Base and mainly served as an electronics and communication training school for WWII.
In the recent years the navy base was closed and now the island belongs to the City and County of San Francisco. A development project has been approved to convert the island in a self-sustaining area and now waits to be realized, even though the actual plan was delayed and first activities are expected by 2012.
In the meanwhile Tresure Island sits as a half abandoned testament to wartime construction. These boarded up buildings serve as reminders.
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- by Arianna Neri, view of an abandoned area hidden among the streets of Lisbon
This completely abandoned area is hidden among the winding narrow streets of Lisbon. I recall it being in the surroundings of Castle Sao Jorge, on the highest hill of the city (here the exact location). The area comprises the remainings of what seems to be a residential area and is now house of cats, street artists and piles of garbage.
It’s really amazing how a whole group of buildings in the middle of the historic center has been abandoned and forgotten for so many years!!
- by Arianna Neri, another view of the abandoned area in Lisbon