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A Glimpse into Americana on the 4th

Two Properties

 

These two properties are less than a block from each other. Tale of two houses/living spaces. Behind the large tree is an actual house that’s appears to be occupied.

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Where Industry and Residential Collide

Update: House on the Hill

I’ve posted, in the past five years, images of this house that has been abandoned for years in the South Park area of Seattle. I made a trip down there a couple of weeks ago and took these images. Since I last visited the house it has suffered through two arson/meth related fires.

While I was taking these images a  small, wiry guy came up behind me and said ‘Hi’. Through our conversation, I learned he was the night watchman for the owner of the Marina and storage facilities along the Duwamish River. We talked for about 20 minutes. He was quite a character. He has lived in the area for years. He gave me a history of the house or as much as he knew. He witnessed both fires, one set by a person cooking up some meth on the second story wooden floor. The house is actually for sale, as a tear down of course. I tried walking in the house a few years back and the debris was waist high and probably a mine field of syringes; I stopped after a few feet and bailed out of the window I came in from, which I think was the kitchen in the back. Besides, I really didn’t know if there was someone living upstairs-addicts or homeless people.

So, for a little history that was shared with me:

After WWII the house was used as ‘transitional’ housing for Japanese Americans that were interned during the war. They transitioned from the camps to this house in an effort to reintegrate; most of the property they owned prior to internment was lost, sold or confiscated.

Sometime after that a couple bought the house and stayed in it for years. The couple were a bit eccentric, but one of their hobbies was coin collecting. Apparently they hid this collection ( valued in excess of $100,000 back in the 60’s-70’s) in a box somewhere in the house. The man died first, leaving his widow to deal with the house, which soon became too much for her as she aged. So, she moved out, but could not find the box of coins. As time passed, for reasons unknown to me, the house fell into disrepair and ultimately declined into a mess. The lady  would return from time to time, looking for the box of coins, to no avail.

After the second fire, the people living in the area( like the night watchman-old timers) went in looking through the debris to see if the box of coins had burned, surfaced or whatever. They did find the box, but it was empty. It was assumed that one of the homeless people who had wandered in, had found the box, after the fire, and walked away with a pocketful of dreams.

A rich and tragic history for what was once one of the better homes, with quite a view, in South Park.

House on the Hill: Update

In March of 2016 I posted a couple of photos of an abandoned house in the South Park neighborhood of South Seattle, near where I live. I resisted the location this past week and you can see the ‘changes’ that have taken place in less than a year. I couldn’t get in the house in March as it had about 3-4 feet of debris in each room-who knows what was in that mess? Now, the house has suffered a major fire ( arson, most likely) and it is mostly a charred ruin. The lot it sits on has been cleaned of dead cars and all sorts of other trash and is now barricaded off with huge cement blocks and cable. At one time this house had a great territorial view and was probably someones pride and joy.

Curb Appeal

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I thought this entrance/porch very unique. Just below the address numbers is a shiny, curved metallic mailbox. Lots of eye catching geometry.

Slice of Americana

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Filbert St. San Francisco, 1970

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Abandoned Skagit Valley

Recently visited the Skagit Valley. We discovered some more abandoned houses, barns and outbuildings that I will be sharing in the coming weeks.DSC_4041 - Version 2-001 DSC_4046 - Version 2-001 DSC_4047-001

Micro Houses

One of the new trends in affordable housing, I guess. These ‘homes’ are constructed on a trailer chassis and I presume, have all of the usual hookups that living in the 21st century requires.DSC_3478-001

Off Road

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Hanging out on Christmas Afternoon

Spotted these two girls on a rooftop ( near Alberta Street, Portland, OR.) playing with a blond-haired doll. The dialogue went something like this:

Me: “May I take your photo”?

Younger girl: “Do you have flash on that camera”?

Me: ” Yes, I do, but it is too sunny out to need it”.

Younger girl: “Don’t tell my mom we’re up here”.

Me: “I won’t tell. Be careful”!

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Color of the Day is Pink

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First Hill, Seattle, WA.

Faded ad on old Baker Linen Co. building. New condos on the right.DSC_0021DSC_0024 copy

Sabin Fall

Fall on the Sabin Plateau in NE Portland.DSC_3239-001 DSC_3240-001

Fall while Driving

Probably something I should not have done, camera in hand randomly ( and mostly blindly) shooting, while I was driving last week. I did my best to edit out parts of the car, but as you can see, there is only so much cropping that can be done and still have some sort of subject left.DSC_2901-001 DSC_2902-001 DSC_2904-001 DSC_2905-001

Sabin Plateau

Nearly dusk on the Sabin Plateau in NE Portland.DSC_2628-001DSC_2612-001

Alki Lighthouse Pt. 2

A couple of views from the lighthouse. A kayaker and Queen Anne Hill in the distance.DSC_2220-001 DSC_2221-001 DSC_2241_2_2-001

Amtrak: Seattle to Portland-#2

The shoreline photos were taken between Tacoma and Olympia. Very picturesque. Last image is of the tower at Union Station in Portland.DSC_1806-001 DSC_1807-001 DSC_1810-001 DSC_1811-001 DSC_1812-001

Amtrak: Seattle to Portland

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Thought I would post a few images, today and tomorrow, from the train ride I took a few weeks ago.  I have travelled the route, between Seattle and Portland, probably 50-60 times in the past 5 years. Most of the year the weather isn’t very cooperative. This particular trip, an early morning, was beautiful so I did remember to grab my camera and shoot through the window from my seat. These three shots are from the Tacoma area. Farm land just outside of Tacoma and the other two images are from the waterfront area just past the Tacoma Amtrak station.

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