[caption id="attachment_1146" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Different generations of paint reveal themselves on a cupboard door."][/caption] I had driven past this house countless times, never noting its presence. It's located in an inner-city neighborhood whose merchant-class glory days are long gone. Still, it's not a bad area. Surveying the sidewalk scene, one can deduce that longtime residents live alongside new immigrants, young families, and artists looking for cheap rent, all part of the demographic ebb and flow that makes city life so interesting. [caption id="attachment_1147" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="An office of little business."][/caption] The sidewalk never tells the whole story, though. Once the denizens pass through the threshold of their front doors, they are swallowed up by the mystery of what their homes hold, and what those homes say about the their inhabitants. [caption id="attachment_1148" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="An elegant built-in buffet, lost in time."][/caption] Inside closed doors, I found a once-elegant home full of nice features: built-ins, pocket doors, beautiful woodwork, and a spacious kitchen. It's been a long while since these features looked good, though. Decades of heedless housekeeping have spread their virus of neglect throughout the home. [caption id="attachment_1149" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="In the basement."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1150" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Assorted debris on the basement floor."][/caption] The basement was a standard collection of jettisoned junk, cobwebs, and graffiti. [caption id="attachment_1151" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Words of wisdom."][/caption] Upstairs, the kitchen proved to be a greasy mess, and the cabinets offered some interesting garbage. [caption id="attachment_1152" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="A spacious kitchen."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1153" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Found in a cupboard."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1154" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="In another cupboard."][/caption] There is perhaps too much to show in just one blog post, so this is where I'll leave you today. Tomorrow I'll post some images of the bedrooms.  

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