1. A Demolition Permit Has Been Issued for This Abandoned South Carolina Mansion
The home is dubbed Bon Haven and has been a landmark in Spartanburg since its construction in 1884, overseen by John B. Cleveland, who played a significant role in the early development of the city and is often referred to as its “first citizen.”
A peek through extensive landscaping reveals an abandoned mansion, partially taken over by nature—no one has lived here since 1995, when the last family member to occupy the home passed away.
A lesser-known fact about Cleveland is that he also served as the president of the Spartanburg Historical Society—an irony, to say the least, since his majestic home, one of the most historically significant buildings in the area, is about to become a mere memory. In February, the city officially granted the owner permission to demolish the building.
The high cost of restoration and the structural damage that 20 years of abandonment had left on the building, the stars did not align for Bon Haven. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but sadly that does not protect it from demolition.
Found on Country Living. Lisa Jones Photography / Southern Accents Architectural Antiques
2. Saul Leiter’s East Village studio and a few things he left behind
Two years after the New York School photographer Saul Leiter died, François Halard had the good fortune to come across the East Village apartment where Leiter lived for more than half a century. Leiter had created some of his best-known work there: gritty scenes of Manhattan streets in the ’50s and ’60s. There was almost nothing left but the barest traces of Leiter’s life — boxes of photographs, a paper lantern, an unfinished sketchbook, a lonely chair — which Halard documents in a new book.
Found on the The New York Times.
3. An Entire French Hamlet for Sale
€350K to start a new life. Or a new colony.
4. A Private Disneyland for Sale
A Los Angeles property asking $5.5 million.
5. Really Weird Things That Were Washed up on the Shore
Giant pipes 6.5 feet in diameter (2 meters) fell into the sea during transportation. Norfolk inhabitants were extremely surprised to find them on the beach in August 2017. The longest pipe was 1,640 feet (500 meters).
Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, launched a spaceship. In 2015, its debris was found on the beach in the Bahamas.
Found on Brightside.
6. How a Drowned Woman’s Face Became the Muse of Early-20th-Century Paris
According to an often-repeated story, the body of the young woman was pulled out of the Seine River at the Quai du Louvre in Paris around the late 1880s. Since the body showed no signs of violence, suicide was suspected… The identity of the girl was never discovered… A pathologist at the Paris Morgue was, according to the story, so taken by her beauty that he had to make a wax plaster cast death mask of her face… In the following years, numerous copies were produced. The copies quickly became a fashionable morbid fixture in Parisian Bohemian society. Albert Camus and others compared her enigmatic smile to that of the Mona Lisa…
7. Standing for over 500 Years
Built in the year 1509, a Medieval home located in the Village of Argentan, France.
Found on the Republic of Awesome.
8. A massive collection of Japanese milk storage boxes
For many western countries, doorstep milk delivery is a thing of the past, but in Japan, millions of people still rely on the milkman for fresh milk everyday.
9. Japan Releases a Range of Miniature Furniture for Cats
10. These Rainbow Wall Hangings
For sale on Etsy.
11. Power Stations that Belong in a Wes Anderson Movie
Photographed by Edgar Martins.
12. These Terrifying Costumes made by a German Dance Couple before they Committed Suicide in 1924
Knowledge of the astonishingly bizarre and tragic art of Walter Holdt and Lavinia Schulz is obscure and largely based on the rediscovery in 1986 of artifacts deposited in a Hamburg museum back in 1925.
Schulz and Holdt led a fanatically austere existence in a bizarre expressionist cellar apartment without a floor, bed, or hot water. They slept on straw and dedicated themselves religiously to the construction of their strange mask dances.
Found on Vintage Everyday.
13. A Movie for Halloween Night
House On Haunted Hill, Directed by William Castle (1959)