The Little House of Christ in the Espoo Suburbs

Ramshackle, but unvandalized. Perfectly unflashy, but not without a certain charm. Such was this little house in the Espoo suburbs, which I had the chance to explore with a friend a couple of weeks ago. Abandoned over a decade ago, it was in terrible shape, but the eclectic mix of knickknacks not lost in the sands of time continued to tell something akin to a story.

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The little yellow house is surrounded by inhabited houses on all sides, which is probably why it doesn’t see a lot of traffic

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My friend, who lives in the neighboring building, knew that the house used to belong to two sisters who never married but instead continued to live together until they died very close to one another around 2004. The sisters were maybe a little unusual and had all the paraphernalia to prove it, from pastel-colored religious books to trippy cat art to doilies everywhere.

The rest, as they say, is anybody’s guess. As far as I know there is no plan to demolish the building you can tell by the pictures just how far beyond repair it is so chances are it will simply stand there until kingdom come. Perhaps that is just how the sisters would have wanted it, anyway.

Talo 03I’m not sure why this picture makes me hum the song Sealed with a Kiss to myself, but it does

Talo 08“On All Of Your Ways” by Rainer Haak; this was one of the many religious books and booklets at the house

Talo 09Actually, this cat art would probably get 10.000 reblogs on Tumblr

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Did you know that in Rocky Horror Frank has the numbers 4711 tattooed on his thigh, after this iconic cologne?

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“I’ll see you in the sunlight
I’ll hear your voice everywhere
I’ll run to tenderly hold you
But darling you won’t be there”

Bobby Vinton: Sealed with a Kiss

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