I have always wanted to live in an old, ramshackle house. I grew up continually moving from one newish house to another, constantly renovating, knocking down walls, putting up new; in fact, my family spent three years turning a 1950s ranch into a two-story behemoth, all by ourselves. (It’s pretty damn traumatizing to live in a construction zone for that long.) My wish has always been to live somewhere old — really, really old, like 200 years or more — and not change a thing. Nothin’. Maybe wipe down the windows, a fresh coat of paint, but I want that decay. I want that history. I want that story. I do not want wall-to-wall carpeting.
This ridiculously beautiful building, located in Selma, Alabama, was originally constructed as a Jewish men’s club in 1909. Boarded up for forty years, the current owner has created a livable space (minus all the pigeon crap) while maintaining the originality and character of the building. (Granted, it did take years. Can I just find a place that looks like this already?) The bathroom alone gives me chills — need an antique crucifix, stat. And can we talk about the pile of rusted industrial fans? Never has a pile looked so good.
The gorgeous photos are by Robert Rausch of GAS Design Center.