Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?


Carriage House in Elliott

Carriage house

Old Pa Pitt is delighted to report that, since this picture was taken in the summer of 2000, this almost perfectly preserved carriage house has been restored and refurbished into a habitable building, with glass in the upper windows and other such modern conveniences (see the pictures below). Nevertheless, he reports it with a tiny bit of regret. There’s a fascination frantic in a ruin that’s romantic, and restoring the building inevitably takes it one more step away from its origin. Certainly it was good to restore it; the only alternative would have been to let it continue to decay and eventually vanish. But Father Pitt is happy that he was able to preserve this picture from the time when it had never been anything other than a carriage house.

An update: According to old maps, this seems to have been built in the 1880s; it appears in 1890 but not in 1882.

Carriage house
Carriage house

Note the perfect little I-house to the left of the carriage house.

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