My inspiration for this post comes from this article in my reader.
After the Final Curtain a post by Cheri Lucas Rowlands which shows some wonderful photographs by Matt Lambros.
I often see whilst perusing social media the shots of ancient places and abandoned buildings throughout our world and curiosity encourages me to take a look. A part of me thinks that one day I would love to do a tour of such places, but then reality hits and it occurs to me that I don’t think I could cope with the sadness it would bring me.
You see I have a love of old buildings and architecture in general and have always been able to see the possibilities in a place. When I was younger, I found that by finding derelict buildings by the road whilst on holiday, churches, schools, old houses. It didn’t matter what the building’s previous use had been. I always imagined it as a place to make a home.
It really fires the imagination for me, gets the cogs whirring and clicking and excitement builds. That part of the process I would love. But then the sadness when it had been left for so very long, I don’t know what effect that would have on my psyche, but I suspect not a good one. The fact that it had gone to waste for so many years for whatever reason, war, famine, time, recession and may not be able to be restored to it’s former glory hits home. These buildings, particularly the Theatres and Cinemas were built for the community and so many communities have suffered when these and other public buildings have been closed down.
I guess that’s why when it came to finding our home, that’s why it was always going to be a doer upper. It was never going to be a pristine box, with white walls and minimalist fixtures. Give me a place with character, knocks, grazes, a history and somewhere that speaks to you, pulls at the emotions when you walk in and I am happy. My place needs to be lived in, that is what makes it home to me. If I ever came into a lot of money, then it would be one of the first things that I would search for, a lovely old building to breathe new life into. Of all the possible styles it would probably have a Deco feel to it, now that’s a tour I’d be tempted to do which would really inspire me.