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Canada’s ‘Most Photographed House’ May Meet the Wrecking Ball
Perched at the side of a country road near Lake Erie in southeastern Ontario, an uninhabited, partially collapsed 19th-century farmhouse cuts an eerily elegant figure against the wide-open sky and the corn, soybean and wheat fields that surround it.
Over the years, the crumbling house, near Palmyra, Ontario, has become a destination for photographers like Cathie Wright, who visits the property every month and has taken hundreds of photos of it, capturing it shrouded in snow or cast in the gray light of an overcast sky.
“It’s got this dystopian charm,” said Ms. Wright, a retired professional photographer and graphic artist from Ridgetown, Ontario. “I like to get the whole wide-angle effect of the cornfields going back. It adds to the isolation of it.”
But now, the house — so beloved by photographers that the Canadian news media has called it Canada’s “most photographed house” — may have to be demolished, even though the ravages of weather and time have taken it most of the way there.