Houses https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/category_Houses en Roggen House https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Roggen_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Roggen House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">This was an unexpected and welcome find along the way. It was as though the UE Gods were attempting to make it up to me that they had thrown a record-breaking blizzard at me to thwart my plans. It wasn't what I'd hoped for, but it was something.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The storm cellar was of particular interest, not to mention the fact that this was the first time I had seen honest-to-goodness tumbleweeds in my whole life...</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=80&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="p0Pmx2au3mS16hVGnrNGaRC6jtn2XqyrveUMhdRcnyM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 06 May 2016 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 80 at https://mikeonline.ca Byers House https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Byers_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Byers House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Weather had played against me and deprived me of my primary target. I will, no doubt, be coming back to this state. While driving away, and metaphorically licking my wounds, I spotted this place not far from the road and went for a closer look. With the weather preparing to take another swipe at me, I decided to stop and take a look around.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=81&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="L9Oldj3tMyw33bUAGrs7_RHtCzpqjzteM7bZctu9GEo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 81 at https://mikeonline.ca Lowther House https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Lowther_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lowther House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/02/2015 - 10:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">So my driving companion (pictured below, waiting patiently in the truck) and I were on our way back from a fairly substantial drive when I spotted this place on the side of the highway. It's rather unique, as abandoned houses go, in terms of its shape and layout.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It's not in the greatest of conditions. The walls are separating from each other and the foundation. The floor was by no means level or solid and certainly I was not going to trust it to hold me that well. I risked the stairs, but only briefly as I checked out the bedrooms from a distance. I didn't like the look of any of the ceiling, let alone the floor above.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After a short visit, and letting the dog file his afternoon report we were back on our way again.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-linked-to-trip-story field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Linked to Trip Story</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/article_Travelling_with_My_Buddy" hreflang="en">Travelling with My Buddy</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=129&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="-1TJHopBPlVQFonpE-RqPyg2KMu8jKxfM_lfQpKKcqM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 129 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Lowther_House#comments Oil Springs House https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Oil_Springs_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Oil Springs House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">This was, perhaps, the most interesting of the several houses I explored that day. So many different rooms Strange openings from one into another. All so fascinating.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Like many houses this old, and this size, there were two stairways to the second floor. This was useful since the main stairway was blocked by collapsed ceiling. The back stairs, however, were manageable if you remembered the lessons of earlier that day. Stay light, stay nimble, don't let too much of your weight rest anywhere for too long.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Much of the upstairs floor was like that too. Careful where you step.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><small>*Special thanks to Kim for making me aware of this place</small></p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=395&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="B2nQKxntBCM3wC1M4CJc7I3ansZn-bLoneAi88LeiCc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 395 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Oil_Springs_House#comments Inwood Road House https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Inwood_Road_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Inwood Road House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/08/2015 - 11:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">The GPS led us through a number of turns until finally we reached a "Road Closed" sign. Then there was the caveat... "Except Local Traffic". We're local!</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We continued down the road until finally stopped by a fence kept us from going any further. We stopped at the fence and as luck would have it, only a short walk remained between the fence and our target.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">This place peeked out at us from the trees. It wasn't in the greatest of shape any more, but it allowed me in for a tease of what it once must have been like. I walked carefully on the small amount of flooring that appeared would still support my weight.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Despite its advanced deterioration, I enjoyed my brief time here.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><small>*Special thanks to Kim for making me aware of this.</small></p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=389&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="jaKZ9TO4I5_Ox_PV1T1IngnLmMydnTIZ3Jh7b9tC9Zk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 389 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Inwood_Road_House#comments Caderette House https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Caderette_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Caderette House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">At one point in its history, this house was occupied by two brothers, Richard and Lionel Sabourin. They were successful milk producers with over 40 head of cattle. They were known to be fairly well off, and had privately mortgaged several other people.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On the evening of April 18, 1963, as many as six men with stockings over their heads attacked the two men as they milked cows in the barn. Lionel, 55, was tortured and shot six times. He succumbed to those wounds. His brother, Richard, 61, was beaten and shot twice. He attempted to escape, but was dragged back into the barn and chained to the stall.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The house was ransacked and their safe pried open. No one is sure how much money was taken because Lionel handled the finances, and only he knew how much was in the safe at the time.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After they left, Richard remained for 13 hours chained next to his brother's body before being found by a neighbour, Michel Steep.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Richard told the police that there was an older man who walked with a limp who shot a large pistol or sawed-off shotgun. He said there were also two other club-wielding, younger men. Some time afterwards, a restaurant employee in Mattawa reported to police that there had been six nervous men, one of whom fit Richard's description of the older man with the limp.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">They were never apprehended.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">A book, The Cache Bay Tragedies, was released in July, 2016, by Nancy Prayeur, who stumbled on the story when she bought barn board from the owner of the property where the murder took place.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary:</strong> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">I found this place, like so many others, purely by random circumstance. You see, I drive back and forth along the highway every day for work. During the fall, however, as is so often the case, traffic was horribly disrupted by construction that served to make the long drive even longer.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In an attempt to circumvent this issue, I began trying a few back roads to get around the zone. As I did, I was surprised to spot this place out in plain view. The next day, I brought my camera to work with me, and made a little stop on the way home.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The house itself didn't have a lot to offer. It was pretty much gutted, and access to the upstairs was hindered by... well, a lack of stairs.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The barn, however, made the whole stop quite worthwhile in my opinion.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>November 12, 2016</strong><br /> I was unaware of the violent event that took place in the barn in 1963 until someone on Facebook mentioned the event in relation to a different house. Having become aware of the event, and researching it, I have included it above.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>September 6, 2017</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">It appears that all of the outbuildings on this property have now been demolished.  Only the house itself remains, and its fate is unknown.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=35&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="e9TuwzD0VYeKwhiSCckEyG2rVosCXGauVbqkymDJgcQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Mike 35 at https://mikeonline.ca Trackside House https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Trackside_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Trackside House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/07/2013 - 03:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">I would like to begin by thanking Pat and Robert, the owners, for allowing me in to photograph this fascinating old house.  They were very understanding and accommodating of my hobby and interests.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I arrived at this tiny seasonal community, I wasn't sure what to expect.  It was in a remote area of northern Ontario, near the railway tracks, and had a rich history in the logging industry.  Like so many similar small towns, there was a boom, rapid growth, then decline and eventually, nothing left but a near ghost town occupied by seasonal guests who enjoy the solitude for the warm months of the year.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">This house was, as far as anyone knows, one of the originals.  Just looking at it from the outside, it was apparent that its construction was of a much older style than most of the other structures around it.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Pulling up, I was greeted warmly by Robert as he worked on a small gas-powered generator.  We both spent a few moments wondering what engineering genius designed a bar over the spark plug making all but inaccessible.  Soon afterward, however, he opened the door and turned me loose.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While many of the items there were clearly current storage, many more were vintage pieces that had come with the house.  The interior was simple, functional and of a style you will not see in anything of more modern construction.  The stairs alone were worth the visit with their sharp rise and narrow steps.  You could tell that even indoor plumbing, which we tend to take for granted, had been an afterthought, a luxury upgrade, in this tiny home.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">My curiosity sated, I bid my kind host farewell and continued with my weekend.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=440&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="rOwTvcJ0aIF5-mlkAfzM-LxbQgWX1I2z0-_VP1-7Ol0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 07:15:00 +0000 Mike 440 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Trackside_House#comments Appin House https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Appin_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Appin House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 09/01/2013 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">I caught a brief glimpse of this place by the side of the road and just had to stop. Its character was just screaming at the world to notice it and come closer. At least that's how I saw it.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The drawback was the two houses across the street. How were the neighbours going to react to my presence?</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I walked up the driveway of one house and soon determined that no one was around. Whoever it was was in the process of saving another beautiful old farm house. Good for him! As I was about to approach the house next door, a voice called out telling me no one was home where I just came from. This from the back yard of the house I was now going to.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">After a brief chat, it seemed that no one was going to be too concerned about me taking pictures. I got back in my truck and proceeded up toward my objective. I'm really glad this panned out.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=467&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="JFQEvUKFD1kjxZC9rfdxocicGRjTjsiaFLfsjDcHl38"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 467 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Appin_House#comments Monteith Mansion https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Monteith_Mansion <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Monteith Mansion</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 11/24/2012 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">On a warm, sunny Sunday, I set out with a list of targets programmed into my trusty GPS. Unfortunately, my GPS decided to be not-so-trusty. After a botched map upgrade, it essentially developed amnesia.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I only had an idea of the location of one of the targets off the top of my head, so I continued on my way.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I arrived and took a nice walk through the woods, following the path I assumed was the correct one. Rising up a hill, I could make it out through the trees. I had arrived.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">This incomplete house had a pretty unusual layout. I would love to have known what all of the plans for it were, because some parts of it simply defied explanation. I do read, however, that the central round section was to have some kind of glass dome, which would certainly have been interesting.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=525&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="OqyobaajK9zLF-YuGBZd_KfzNexXreDn_fjx986TcSA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 525 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Monteith_Mansion#comments Observatory House https://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Observatory_House <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Observatory House</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 11/24/2012 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">From what I've been able to piece together, this building was originally constructed as a dedicated observatory for the Canadian Astronomical Research Group in 1976. The equipment, apparently including a 24" telescope, was removed in 1997, and the building converted into a private home.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><small><i>Source: Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Newsletter, Vol. 71, p.L7</i></small></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><b>UPDATE:</b> This location was demolished sometime between this visit and June, 2013.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Imagine having a house with a two-car garage, 2 bedrooms plus a master bedroom, a jacuzzi tub with heat lamp, large dining room, large living room with hardwood floors and a commanding view from a hilltop. Now, imagine that you can walk up a curving staircase to your own observatory dome.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">For some reason, these people had that and walked away...</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=521&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="vd8VrCZO9OfrlvTO4uJgw_NqHFrBSxgReZRuM2jEGKY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 521 at https://mikeonline.ca