A famous artist hired an architect to build this mansion in the early 20th century. The house is a one of a kind design - three cubic areas, designed specifically so the artist could work from home. The first cube was for housing and sleeping, the second triad consisted of the area for office and management, and the third was what is featured in this photo - part of the art gallery. This home design was an original concept and should have been a protected local architectural treasure. Instead, after artist died in the 1930s the home needed regular maintenance but became abandoned. In 2009, there was a major effort to clean up the house and restore it to the historical gem it was. Copper thieves broke into the home the same year, destroying the roof and allowing the powers of mother nature to run her course.
I visited this home many times and watched its rapid decay over the course of three years. It went from still salvageable to beyond repair in such a short period of time. With many floors now collapsed and with such heavy rot, this structure will inevitably soon totally collapse and a local part of history will be lost forever.