Thursday, May 21, 2009

Professor Kasey

I’ve driven by this not-so-hidden gem quite a few times so I made a point to ride my bike down past it so I could get a close look.

I am FASCINATED by abandoned building. I always have been. I want to know their story and I wish I could go in and explore them all.

This treasure is called Rose Manor or Roadside Settlement House.

I’ve been trying to find out more info on it from the internet. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

It housed the first branch of the Des Moines Public Library
Provided services to the poor
It also had one of the few telephones in the neighborhood and residents were free to use it!

During the depression it sponsored relief programs like paying women 25 cent credits for each hour of sewing class.
They could exchange the credits for food and clothing.

It offered services to the neighborhood up until the 70’s when the government took over a lot of the programs they had been offering. Damn government.

So, awesome. Why is this sitting there looking awesome and no one is doing anything to restore it?

It got it’s name (Roadside Settlement House) from this poem

Let me live in a house by the side of the road,
And be a friend to man.

There you go. You’ve officially learned something today.

You’re welcome.


Becky Jo said...

Why, that's not a shallow thought at all. I'm impressed. It's a bummer that cool buildings like that just get overlooked and eventually some retarded goverment jackass decides it needs to be torn down. There's a building in Panora by the post office, and I'm always thinking it would be an awesome seasonal market or groovy artist village. Unforunately, this is Panora and not Seattle. *sigh*

Captain Awesome said...

Every once in awhile I go into the deep end of the pool.
I wish I was rich. I would buy it up!
I want to see the inside.

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