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Thread: House of a gardener - Germany, 2018

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    July 2017

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    Haus des Gärtners #02 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    No records in the history books, not mentioned in any newspaper: This abandoned house is located in the outskirts of a spa town somewhere in Germany. The farmyard of the building we were visiting this time has become overgrown. It was the house of a gardener who used to live and work here. In this arboretum he was growing trees and bushes. But without any nursing the garden started to run wild and became an impenetrable thicket. But how did it come to this? Why did the gardener abandon his home? The answer to that is waiting inside.

    Haus des Gärtners #06 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    The living room: Of course tastefully furnished. All those home decorations are remnants of better times. Including for example: Dentures! Gross…

    Voyeurism by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    Houses where people used to live in the past always leave a lasting impression on us when we are exploring them. Old residential buildings offer in-depth looks in the most private of a person. All those small details you can find are telling us what kind of a person he or she was. So inevitably the question arises of whether this is still a documentary of a forgotten place or is it already acted out voyeurism? What do you think?

    Master Bedroom by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    When we reached the attic we found this. Apparently this was arranged like this by other photographers.

    Home School by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    By the way, if you find a chalkboard in an abandoned place it's usually filled with writing. Some urbexers love to perpetuate themselves and we had to clean one side at first. So to say we were staging here as well.

    Haus des Gärtners #17 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    Since this was a market garden, there was also a greenhouse which was our last stop on this exploration. Without the nursing all the plants here went to rack.

    Haus des Gärtners #14 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    After viewing the whole site it's now time to tell you guys our theory abput this place. It's hard to find any information about the house online so we had to orient ourselves by those clues we found. We know that the gardener was old. Apparently he lived alone so his wife probably died some years ago. He became a nursing case and therefore he wasn't able to carry on his profession. That's why he couldn’t bear the running expenses and his garden became overgrown.

    Arboretum by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    So after that he was brought to the retirement home and he had to abandon his property. Or the other possibility: He passed away. And now his old home is being trespassed by plenty of people and not everyone has good intentions like we do. The home is getting destroyed and the furniture is getting stolen. And that is the sad story of the gardener’s home.

    If you want to see more of this house feel free to watch our documentary on YouTube:

  2. Thanks given by: ajarb, etc100, Hugh Jorgan, HughieD, Luise, Mearing, mtc3154, ocelot397, oldscrote, psykie, Rubex, smiler, Tigershark
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    January 2013
    People's Republic of South Yorkshire.

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    February 2008
    Rawdon Leeds


    Quote - So inevitably the question arises of whether this is still a documentary of a forgotten place or is it already acted out voyeurism? - Quote

    A few photographs, a report title that gives both location and what the place was used for along with a short potted history, containing only provable facts - with these one has the makings of a meaningful documentary or report. Flights of fancy about the occupant's lifestyle or demise is where the factual explore becomes voyeurism in my books. Although; sadly in this case, the place has been well and truly 'staged and decorated' by previous visitors, so it is impossible to gauge factually how the last occupiers of this property actually carried on their daily life. Clearly the place could probably have operated as a Nursery, but the large house indicates the owner probably had money - so the garden and greenhouse could be just part of a serious hobby with the large ledger being just a record of plants purchased and grown, not stock sold for profit by a commercial enterprise . Like many properties all over the world, the present state of this place could be just due to the deceased owner's children/relatives fighting over the estate/will. A similar property in the UK can be properly researched - as to owners, deaths, inheritance etc, so I am sure similar details could be found from German records for this place.

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    May 2015


    So much to see! Amazing :)

  8. #5
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    March 2007
    Mansfield, Nottinghamshire


    Great stuff. That really is a shame. There's something about those bears on the chair.

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    August 2017


    nice report and pictures

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