Smith Mansion: the house that killed its builder
Everyone remembers the wooden skyscraper Sutyagin, but not everyone knows that the world is full of such "genius" architects or people who see their house "like that."
Here, for example, is an American structure. For more than thirty years, a five-story wobbly wooden structure with long wavy staircases and irregularly protruding balconies has stood atop a hill in the center of the Wapiti Valley, not far from the city of Cody, in Wyoming, not far from Yellowstone National Park.
The house was a labor of love, built alone by an eccentric engineer named Francis Lee Smith.
Smith spent twelve years building a log house using wood saved from a forest fire on the Rattlesnake Mountain nearby. After the fire damaged the trees on the mountainside, the half-burned wood became free for those who could help clean the mountain.Using several assistants, Smith moved the logs to his plot and began to build his dream house.
Francis Lee Smith, settled in the house with his wife and two children, as soon as the first floor was completed, but he never stopped construction. Night after night, Smith worked on his house in the light of one lamp, until his insane hobby for the house did not lead to his wife leaving him and eventually depriving him of life.
The house was not even remotely comfortable. It did not have running water, plumbing and electricity, except for the fact that it provided a small generator. The wood stove on the lower floor was the only source of heat. The stove was also used for cooking. The family dining table was a big stump, with smaller stumps around it that served as chairs. During the winter, the whole family slept in sleeping bags on the floor around the only source of heat - the stoves. In the summer, Smith slept on a hammock, and sometimes his children slept on the porch. Many wild animals also chose an unfinished mansion and made their home. Raccoons, skunks, feral cats, owls and many other creatures took refuge in the structure.
A few years later his wife took the children and moved to another city. The children continued to visit their father and sometimes spent the night in the house.
When his wife left him, dejected Smith rushed into the construction of a house, without drawings or a plan. In 1992, Smith fell from a balcony while working at home and died from injuries. His body was discovered two days later.
After his death, the mansion was empty and abandoned. The wooden structure slowly began to rot. Some damage was caused by vandals. For several years now, Smith's daughter Sunny Larsen has been trying to raise money to rebuild the house. At the beginning of this month, the house was put up for sale at a reduced price of 750,000 US dollars.
Sunny Larsen, daughter of Francis Lee Smith and current owner of the mansion.
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