all who wander are not lost

The William Livingstone House, 294 Elliot between John R and Brush in the Brush Historical District. Designed by Albert Kahn in his early 20’s after his famous trip through Europe.

Heres a good history on Rens site.

AIW at InternationalMetropolis and I have had a long running bet about who would be first to spot ol’ Slumpy when her facade finally gave out. As it turns out, I think neither of us spotted it first, but I am sure that AIW knew about it before I did.

AIW has been carefully documenting the Livingstone mansion deterioration even longer than I have. Mrs. dFunk said jokingly one day about the houses appearance “Slumpty Dumpty had a great fall” etc. and AIW and I from that point on referred to the structure affectionately as “Slumpy”.

“………….and all the kings horses and all the kings men….”

Lets take a look at the whole building, everybody always looks at this one from the street.

And now on to the the recently (more) collapsed facade.

Remaining french doors in this room – and on the floor in front of them is a huge load bearing beam. I would guess that when this gave way the front suffered the recent collapse.

Coat hanger still in the closet

Sandstone parts of the facade.

We’ll end with the “scarlet” demolition letter “D”.

10 Responses to Slumpy 2007

  • Someone actually was filming when the facade fell. Believe it or not:

  • And I thought we had a problem here in northern Illinois with decaying farmhouses and barns. This is shocking, but in a way it’s an amusing image. I bet this was absolutely beautiful “in the day”.

  • Hi Detfunk — i’m going to post a little thing on our Toronto blog telling people to check out your site, and andrew’s in Windsor — and your documentation of this house.

    I’ll post the first picture you have here on our site, if that’s alright. Usually when linking to somebody’s blog we post a pic from that site no problem in the Creative Commons spirt, but you’ve got copyright written on each one, so i thought i’d check. send me a note if it’s cool, merci!

  • needs some shims

  • depressing.

    I always hoped that someone with more money than ways to spend it would come along and save this building.

  • Wow, what horrifying (but great) photos. And yet, Slumpy continues to fascinate.

  • I heard about Slumpy taking a dump earlier this week. However, I haven’t been able to get by and grab any shots. So you taking them and posting them first, means I guess that you win… :)

    I have to say I’m impressed with ol’ slumpy. The facade held on about 2 years longer than I though it would.

    Jay – I would imagine that it will just keep sitting there rotting away.

  • so what’s the deal, renovation demolition or is it just to sit for a little longer?

  • Poor Slumpy… What I always find fascinating about this house is the relatively great condition of the roof in comparison to the rest of the building… this is such a unique building I always have felt so sorry for it.

  • Well documented as always. My office overlooks brush park so I’ve been keeping an eye out to see whether it’s going any further. Incidentally was that you grabbing shots yesterday in the red truck?