Real Estate Opportunities
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This ongoing project looks at unwanted buildings in rural America. All of these buildings are modest, vernacular buildings. Because of the low value of the land on which they are built and their occasionally remote locations, over time they go through an arc of being needed to being non-essential, to being mothballed, through increasing decrepitude to ruination. All it might take is for them to be reconsidered as real estate opportunities and their trajectory towards dust might be halted.
This project is part of a larger piece I have been working on that examines traces of memory in the American landscape. These buildings are fragments of lives that were once spent there – most of them built by and for people working in adjacent agricultural, mining and extraction industries. In all of these examples, the economic forces that shaped the surrounding landscapes have moved elsewhere and the buildings remain as small indices of the bigger history – places to live that turned out not to be places to stay.