reply to post by Helious
When I saw the first image in your OP, Wooden Gagster House (Archangelsk, Russia), I was instantly reminded of a place that I visited several times as
a teenager (early 90's). First time I ever went there, I had no clue where we were going. Once we got there, I still wasn't sure exactly where we
were at. The place is not far from a highway, but we got there by country roads, which just made it seem that much more unique in my eyes.
I had never even tried to search for it online, until now. I had only ever went there at night, but apparently, he also had many visitors during the
days. He had a 'Guest Book' that he wanted everyone to sign. Almost 15,000 people throughout the years, which is quite a few, considering the
There was no electricity. Night-time was a much more party-friendly atmosphere. If you had a cooler of beer, he was your pal. He would not ask for a
beer, but the only actual correct comment to make, if you saw his hand in your cooler, was to go ahead and offer another lol. If you had some smoke,
he was even a nicer friend.
He is an eccentric fella'. He calls the place, 'The Barn House.'
Jim Pendleton is the Dr. Frankenstein of house building, and the Barn House is his Creature.
This whimsical monstrosity was sewn together by Jim from parts of over 25 barns he has demolished. He dreamed of the Barn House in the late 1960s in
high school, and entered his blueprints for it in the state fair. Actual construction started in 1972, on Hwy. 46 about 10 miles west of Spencer. Jim
was soon tearing down barns and houses around the state to feed his obsession.
The Barn House contains 41 rooms, 15 stairways and 15 walking decks. There are secret passages and tunnels, peepholes, a room with 688 hats, a prayer
alcove, and a "quickie" room. He has continued building for the last twenty-five years.
7,240 feet floor space; Ladders totaling over 100 foot;
I believe it was 7 stories, but his design contained so many different levels that it was hard to judge.
I couldn't find many photos of it. It may not look like much in these photos, but it was a very unique structure. There were ladders, and hidden
rooms everywhere. The entrance to some rooms, looked like a small hole in the wall near the floor. Some hidden in a dark corner. Once you crawl
through, you realize that small hole is the only way to get into this room.
I think he did live here for a short time, but he had built another house nearby. He called it his 'Arc.' He built it so that the roof, was actually
the bottom, and if rolled over, it would be a boat. I am pretty sure this was never tested, but he claimed it would float. The floor (which would be
the ceiling once floating) was made of glass, and had family photos underneath. He discusses this in the documentary.
I do not know the the details, but Jim had to serve a bit of jail time. The article stated a drug charge. I would assume the growing of a plant, but I
don't know. Visitors were no longer allowed during this time. On Nov. 11th or 12th, 2002, The Barn House burnt to the ground. These articles are
unclear whether Jim was still in jail or if he had been released before this time. As far as I can tell, the cause is unknown. Could have been arson,
could have been a lit cigarette tossed down. Hard to say.
I found this short documentary of him, and his Barn House, on Youtube. I will not say that anyone will find this interesting, but I have enjoyed this
little voyage that I have just taken down Memory Lane, that was needed to create this post. Really, that is all that matters.
Barn House Part 1
Barn House Part 2
Barn House Part 3