Iowa – 2018
Godfrey Stancil House, 2012. In the small town of Penny Hill, NC, a local merchant going by Godfrey Stancil did pretty well for himself; he was able to have a rather large house built in 1840. In the ensuing 170 years, the house was added onto, abandoned, and eventually gutted by scrappers, who went so far as to steal the original hardwood floors (by cutting out the boards in large swathes with a circular saw). But in its day, it was clearly a lovely home. And on the stormy day I photographed it over three years back, it was still a beaut.
West Alexander, Pennsylvania
“Though the borough had a successful commerce center based on antique and gift shops in its National Register of Historic Places-listed historic district, a fire in 1990 destroyed several of those businesses and closed others. The town never completely recovered. The fire, combined with a $3.2 million debt for a sewage treatment plant, forced residents to consider a merger with Donegal Township, which was completed in 2009.”
Lee County, Iowa