The Spite House, Alexandria, VA

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JMReidy on December 6, 2011

A spite house is a building constructed or modified to irritate neighbors or other parties with land stakes. Spite houses often serve as obstructions, blocking out light or access to neighboring buildings, or as flamboyant symbols of defiance.[1][2] Because long-term occupation is at best a secondary consideration, spite houses frequently sport strange and impractical structures. In 1830, John Hollensbury's home in Alexandria, Virginia was one of two homes directly bordering an alleyway which received an annoying amount of horse-drawn wagon traffic and loiterers. To prevent people from using the alleyway, Hollensbury constructed a 7-foot (2.1 m) wide, 25-foot (7.6 m) deep, 325-square-foot (30.2 m2), two-story home using the existing brick walls of the adjacent homes for the sides of the new home. The brick walls of the Hollensbury Spite House living room have gouges from wagon-wheel hubs. (Information source: Wikipedia)

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  • Uploaded on December 6, 2011
  • Attribution-No Derivative Works
    by JMReidy
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2011/09/28 09:14:28
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO1600
    • Exposure Bias: 1.33 EV
    • No flash

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