Monday, August 5, 2013
Out of place or out of their minds?
WHAT is it? WHERE is it? Tell me what your first thoughts were.
It's about a mile from our house on a well-travelled street. When it was being built, neighbors and passersby in this older neighborhood of small brick bungalows and modest ranch homes thought it was a church. Imagine the speculations when those gargoyles were positioned on the roof. Some people thought it might be a gothic hotel or bed and breakfast. Others wondered if it was going to be a reception hall. The sign in the yard advertises the sustainable building materials.
As it turns out, it is a monstrosity of a castle-home that dwarfs the well-kept single story houses. The news station investigated, obtained the owner's name, but he did not respond to a request for a statement. The investigative reporter discovered that county zoning laws do not cover aesthetics, only building codes. So, in the county of St. Louis, you too, could have something like this towering over your home sweet home.
And then, a block away from the castle is the gingerbread house. This picture does not depict the details, the stained glass sugar plums and doo-dads, nor the many hues of purple.
Both houses look very out of place in the neighborhood, but I'll bet you can guess which one I would prefer as a neighboring home.