Saturday, 14 November 2009

Eye of the beholder etc.

I am a firm believer in the right for a person to spend their money as they please,whether on fast cars,slow horses or dodgy Russian mail order brides. I do however resent people spending money on bad architecture as it affects more than just the person responsible for the atrocity. For several years now I have passed the building above quite often whilst visiting my sister here in Utah and have finally managed to overcome my revulsion and bring myself to commit its hideousness to a wider audience. Known locally as the gargoyle house it is a prime example of too much money and too little or in this case...no taste. Unbelievably the house as pictured has recently been beautified...beautified? Oh my sainted aunt! In an area of quiet, mainly understated sturdy houses the monstrosity in question stands proudly as a monument to all things overblown,if an architect was involved in this building he should be hunted down and beaten to death with a volume of Palladio's greatest buildings.

19 comments:

lilith said...

Surely that is a funeral parlour with side chapel? Looks remarkably like a lot of properties in Oxshott and Cobham in Surrey...

idle said...

It is one ugly bastard, that's for sure.

I clicked on it for a close-up and those twisted brick columns are CHOICE!

lilith said...

They are obviously gagging for someone to burn it down...why else would they leave straw bales on the front porch?

Putz said...

a little gaudy, thud

haddock said...

is the slope real ?...or because you haven't downloaded and used the excellent free picture manipulator program irfanview
http://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm

Vinogirl said...

Oh my goodness, it's worse than I remember. Was that hideous wing/balcony thing on the left there originally? And whats with the haphazard cement block on the bottom of aforementioned atrocity?

Thud said...

I see I am not alone in my revulsion to the random assemblage of material here laughingly called a house and Haddock...I'm guilty as charged.

monkey said...

my eyes!!!!! my eyes!!!
why would you do this? why?!!

James Higham said...

dodgy Russian mail order brides

I can't speak on that but I can on 12 years of Russian women. Mmmmmmmm.

electro-kevin said...

I bet some good porn has been made in that place.

Thud said...

EK around Utah that would be pop corn.

Thud said...

EK around Utah that would be pop corn.

Scrobs... said...

Well, I like it!

Anything that comes from Argos has got to be fantastic! ;0)

Does a footballer reside there perchance?

Trubes said...

Yuk what a hideous house....
I bet you feel like ripping it down Thud, and starting again. I wonder what it looks like inside?

di.x

Tim Leatherbarrow said...

Is it me, or the drunken photographer ,or is the house lob-sided or is it sinking?
Tim

mj said...

You like the old stuff - as i do. But is there any modern home architecture that you enjoy?

SippicanCottage said...

I -- um --er...

It's... I ... the thing is...

It's not good.

Thud said...

Mj...I love period buildings but am far from adverse to modern architecture....though I find examples of good modern work hard to come by.

Golden West said...

As I read further, my first reaction was "That's a house?" - oh, my.