Burning Down Brick Row
They called the 10 apartments Brick Row and was where 11 families once lived. They were built in 1905 for railroad officials to live in with their families. In February of 2013, a 25 year old man torched the place. He was later caught and charged with two counts of first degree arson. He apparently was busy lighting a fire on another structure earlier that day. Whatever his reason (which there is no excuse for), 11 families were displaced and homeless.
As we walked closer to the building, we could still smell the chard remains. I know that each individual place was probably decorated with each owners scene of style, but all we saw were their love and care burnt to a crisp. Inside, you can see that each place was three stories. Children's beds were barely hanging from the third floor while a baby stroller sits outside another door. Although the situation was a sad and tragic one, we saw the beauty in what was still there. This place was amazing to photograph. My heart and prayers go out to all of the families who lost their homes due to this scentless act.
For more photos of this place, check out my Julie Ferguson Designs blog.