Thursday, December 3, 2009

You know what I absolutely just love?

One of my blog buddies and I were talking about how Ohio was a haunted place, and that just got me thinking about some pretty neat haunted places I want to go to. I am nuts over the paranormal and gorgeous old buildings.
Here is one picture from Ohio! Lancaster, Ohio, to be exact. It's called the Mudhouse Mansion. I just love Second Empire architecture! If I had to choose what kind of house I could live in, a Victorian house (especially Second Empire) would be my first choice!

Next, we have an old insane asylum (I love these. They are just so spooky looking, and the architecture is breath-taking!) It's called The Danvers State Hospital in Danvers, Massachusettes. It was recently turned into an apartment complex (Avalon Danvers, and yes, it's very strange). They kept 2/3 of the whole building, the administration and a little bit of both sides of the wings. It is a Kirkbride building, so it had a main administation building, and 2 curve-like wings off to each side. Kind of like a bat.

Another old insane asylum I consider very pretty is The Buffalo State Hospital in Buffalo, New York. It is also a Kirkbride, and it is Richardsonian Romanesque architecture named after the architect Henry H. Richardson. I absolutely love the two towers at the top of the main administration building.

Ok, ok. I know, enough with the old insane asylums, but this is my favorite too! Also a Kirkbride, it's The Cherokee State Hospital in Cherokee, Iowa. It opened in 1902 and is still around today as a correctional center (or penitentary) and a museum.

Here is a building in St. Thomas, Canada called the Alma College. It was destroyed in a fire a long time ago, but I can't remember exactly when. If any of you have seen Orphan, you may recognize this building. It was used as the mental hospital Saarne Instituut. This building struck me as being so gorgeous I had to find it.

Well, these are my favorite buildings so far. If any of you find any other buildings that you just love me, tell me! I love architecture, and I have considered being an architect. I especially have a thing for old architecture. GORGEOUS <3>


  1. that first house is so creepy looking. :)

  2. Look closer, Viva La Fashion, this house is sad for being neglected! Look beyond its immediate condition and look into its soul! All old houses have a soul!

    Having spent over 8 years restoring an 117 year old Queen Anne that was in similar condition I can honestly say that my home has thanked me every day for breathing life into her again.

    Daydream Believer

  3. cool blog keep up the awesome work n (: