The Ear receives loads of Google alerts about the North Coast daily, but this one was a doozy. The moldering wreck of HOUSE on the corner of 15th Street and Franklin Avenue, pictured, which is, in polite circles, referred to as merely an eyesore, has achieved unexpected notoriety: It has been added to the online CULT OF WEIRD, MUSEUM OF ODDITIES AND OBSCURITIES (

A crowning achievement, the house is now in the exalted company of other recent additions to the museum, such as “The Two-Headed Boy from Bengal” and “The Demented Dollhouses of Marc Giai-Miniet.”

— Elleda Wilson


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