Once a beautiful old stone home atop a hill with a beautiful hill. These ruins were neat to explore and reminders of a different time.
Doesn't look like much from the outside and not very fun to get to through the thick trees but the inside offers a gorgeous bay window, wood details and an old bed. Check it out!
I remember this house well. It was a freezing cold day and I decided to run and "take a quick shot of this cool house". Well, upon closer inspection I realized the brick on the house was placed in the opposite direction then usual, which made it unique. As I quickly circled the house to get every angle I noticed an open door. Well, this "quick shot" turned into a full house explore. This home was a time capsule, my favourite! Everything was left inside, everything in place like the owner just walked away. The television and calendars really dated this home but it was amazing to see no vandalism and it was clear no one had been in the home for years. What a find.
Throwback to 2008, early in my exploring journey. I owned a crappy little camera and was all about documenting sites vs taking good photos. Now I care about both, and I own much better gear. I have no regrets though - a good majority of the places I visited are long since gone and the only record I have is my images. Even though they may not be the best, they still do tell a story...and that's the point right?
Didn't look like much from the road due to thick carragana trees but it was clearly a large brick home. We struggled to get close to this house as it was quite overgrown. This is always appealing as the harder it is to reach, the less vandalism there is. Hard to photograph from the outside, this huge rural home had gorgeous brick details using different colour bricks. The interior had gorgeous wood details. It was clear, whoever built this home, had some money back in the day.
The Aldous house, also known as the "blue kitchen house" is a gorgeous 2 storey home built from cement blocks in rural Saskatchewan.
Robert Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Catherine Aldous, came west from Ontario in 1883. He spent some time working on the construction of the C.P.R railroad west from Brandon. He arrived in Wolseley and started to check out the area. He obtained entry for his homestead in august of 1883.
Robert lived in a tent from April 1, 1884 until July of that year, when his log house was built. The winter of 1884 he spent in Regina, and in 1885 he married Hannah Elizabeth Morton. They were absent from the farm the following winter, when he operated an engine in a mill at Fort Qu'Appelle. R.B. Aldous operated a steam-powered engine for custom threshing and breaking of the sod in the surrounding area.
In1904, they took over the operation of the Lorlie post office. They built a large cement block house on their home quarter in 1905. The concrete blocks were constructed on site. The post office was located in their home for a while before being moved to the village of Lorlie. The family operated a general store in Lorlie from 1904 to 1912. It was later sold to the Lorlie CO-OP.
Robert was a man of many interests, such as agriculture, horses, people and family. He was also the proud owner of one of the first cars in the community. Hannah passed away in 1930. Robert died in 1946. They were both buried in the Abernethy Cemetery.
They had a family of eight, Lillie, Harry, Lottie, George, Levi, Edith, Robert and Albert. Most of the family members were in the area for a while but eventually moved away to BC and Ontario.
Information sourced from history books and thanks to local area resident Charly for reaching out and sharing history with me!
Wedding Picture | June 10, 1885
This house didn't seem like much from the distance but it turned out to be quite cool. Its been abandoned for many years and inside is not in very good shape. That being said, it hardly has any vandalize and offers up a creepy vibe with surrounded trees.
I am sure your wondering about why I called this place the sunday school house. Well, its beside an active church - in fact, it would have once been the priest's home. Once the priest moved out the church used it for sunday school. At some point the house was used for nothing and was abandoned, this is when I visited. It was clear the house was used for sunday school but it had been many years since it was last used. With the original aspects of the home unchanged and filled with items from sunday school this was a unique home. I am not sure when it was demolished but a return visit in 2020 proved that it had been gone for a while. The church remains, still very active with a strong congregation.
The porch on this house demanded attention! Although overgrown, it sitll had all the window details. Standing tall this house was surrounded by trees, so the best time to see it was outside of summer. With very little vandalism and lots of natural decay paired with some items left behind from the last owners, this house was worth the stop. I particularly enjoyed the crib, suitecase and old wallpaper.
The architecture, design and size of this house is what got my attention. Although, the faux brick siding leaves alot to be desired. The interior of the house was cleared out but still full of character. Unique french doors, wallpaper and it hade a tiny little staircase that went up to the third floor. Currently home to a family of racoons living on the top floor.
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