Thanks to Brian’s comment on my last post, I was given the opportunity to see one of Muskoka’s historic homes. This one is abandoned – sort of – clearly someone owns and maintains the grounds. There is a melancholy to these empty places.
It is rare to see so much architectural detail remaining on a home of this era. Often, it is stripped off with the intent of making maintenance simpler and more economical. I peeked in a window (which had all the rippling of the original poured glass) and saw the doors were still beautiful and original as well. I am certain this was a proud house in its day. For me, a house such as this one, is a priceless window into our history and the people who made it. A part of me has always wished to live in one. I think I might have to paint it this one.
Brian’s comment also got me to thinking about how quickly these beautiful buildings are disappearing. There are a few restored on the lakes, but, many in the back-country remain obscure and unknown. I have decided that I might work my way around the region, seeking out these hidden gems and recording them both in photographs and on canvas. I hope to get a few done in time for my show in August.
That said – I would ask anyone who knows of one of these places or would like to share a story to please drop me a comment. Occupied or abandoned houses would be welcomed. If you are worried about broadly exposing their locations, which I can understand in some cases, please e-mail me (see contact). I would most appreciate sites in the Georgian Bay/Muskoka/Haliburton regions. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
For Brian – in appreciation – I am attaching here a photo of the very high water at Bala Falls taken late Wednesday afternoon.