Tough sell

July 10, 2007


This flipper has dealt with some serious shit trying to make a house sellable but how can you fix something like this?:

This unassuming stone house in Petersburg, VA stands out from its surrounding wooden neighbors. But only upon close inspection can one detect the uniqueness of its building material. It is made entirely from nearly 2,000 marble tombstones of Union soldiers killed in the siege of Petersburg. (60,000 people were killed during the siege which lasted 10 months during 1864-65.) To save on maintenance costs, the city removed the tombstones from the Poplar Grove Cemetery and sold them to Mr. O.E. Young, the builder of this house. The tombstones face inward and the inscriptions were plastered over.

Try explaining that to a prospective buyer.

This is only one of nearly a thousand pages of interesting photos and descriptions of roadside architecture found here. I highly recommend the site.

(The tombstone house is found on my favorite page, Obsessive Places)


11 Responses to “Tough sell”

  1. QuakerJono Says:

    It almost seems like it would sell better, at least to a very specific market, if the names hadn’t been plastered over. Goths have to live somewhere, after all.

  2. John in IL Says:

    How many Goths do you know that can get a mortgage?

  3. Jamie Says:

    I was going to say it looks like QJ’s house!!

  4. QuakerJono Says:

    Please, I wouldn’t live in that. It looks like something out of that abysmally atrocious T.V. series, Jericho.

    Although, what an interesting idea for either a book or a series of short stories or something. Hmmmm, must get to writing.

  5. Jamie Says:

    You know, people who watch Surgically Enhanced Bitches In The City shouldn’t throw stones.

    At least my series has cute guys in it. Skeet, anyone?

  6. QuakerJono Says:

    Skeet is something you shoot, not something you drool over.

    Seriously, dude, he looks like he doesn’t take a bath regularly because he’s a little touched in the head. I mean if you find stinky mentally disabled people attractive, well, then he’s a jackpot and it takes all kinds, I guess…

  7. John in IL Says:

    Not being hip to what you kids watch, I had to google Skeet. Sorry, QJ, I’m with Jamie on this one. He is totally hot (and you know what great taste I have in men).

  8. QuakerJono Says:

    Meh, to each their own. Personally, I prefer my Johnny Depp…well, Johnny Depp. Plus, a friend of mine worked with him on “To Ride With The Devil” and said he was a humongous jerk. For instance, he wasn’t getting along with Jewel for some reason and so, right before a kissing scene with her, he pounded down an entire bag of Funyons. My friend said she wasn’t sure if it was really all that effective, though, since it probably smelled better than his standard dragon breath.

    Hence the whole, “Does he ever take a bath?” speculation.

  9. Jamie Says:

    I’d give him a bath . . .

    Never mind.

  10. I think we can fairly assume that every square inch of that house, its lawn, and likely even its mailbox, is haunted.

    And as for TV shows featuring hot men, the History Channel has been on a tear of late; first Cities of the Underworld, featuring the moderately-reasonable Don Wildman and the delectable Eric Geller, and now following that with Human Weapon, starring Bill Duff and some other guy who is wholly and completely irrelevant because of the presence of Bill Duff.

  11. John in IL Says:

    Just caught Cities of the Underworld last night with Don Wildman. Definitely a keeper in my book(and the show is pretty good too). I liked him better than Eric Geller from what I could see of him on the History Channel web site. Haven’t seen Bill Duff before except for your link. Would like to see more.

    As far as TV hosts go, I’ll take Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel. He’s a bit rough around the edges and usually needs a bath but there’s just something about him.

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