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Cadillac Joe's

Postby Duck » Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:48 am

This building, according to local folklore, has been an ongoing project for about 40 years. Sadly it look like it will never see completion.

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Re: Cadillac Joe's

Postby davechinn » Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:10 am

Duck, I really like the first one. Pretty much anything that has old cars & trucks.
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Re: Cadillac Joe's

Postby TomCofer » Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:19 am

I like these Duck. Nothing too over the top or too crunchy.
Nice looking old building and cars. Looks like they both need some tlc.
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Re: Cadillac Joe's

Postby Ceropegia » Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:32 pm

My favorite is the second one with the cars under the snow, particularly, the shiny Eldorado with its hood popped. If the building is/was being owner built, stone by stone, as large as it is, it certainly has been an ambitious undertaking.

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Re: Cadillac Joe's

Postby Duck » Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:55 pm

According to folklore, the guy who owns it has been working on this for about 50 years. The last known entry was about ten years ago so that would put the owner at over 80 so I'm sure he's no longer working on it.

Cadillac Joe, as he is referred to, began work on this property about 50 years ago, working on it on weekends with his brother, Martin. It was an ambitious project and one that was a labor of love. Unfortunately Martin passed away leaving Joe to work on it himself. In the early 2000's Joe would occasionally be seen on the weekend but at nearly 80 those sightings were getting fewer and fewer. Currently it stands as it is seen here and there is talk that the town may end up tearing it down. Apparently there are concerns about land erosion behind the house where it drops off into a ravine.

These photos don't give the house justice. It is a massive structure of stone and steel. Thick castle-like walls and a gorgeous view from the back. I only spent a few minutes at this site so i didn't get too many images. I'll post the rest later.
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Postby Steven G Webb » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:11 pm

Highly interesting bit of folklore and history. Enjoyed looking and would love to see more from this place.
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Re: Cadillac Joe's

Postby Bobby Deal » Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:19 pm

Duck I have no experience with HDR so can not offer much there other than to say that the luminance balance seems good in all of these though the third image seems a little muted through the midtones if that makes sense at all.

The history imparted by the post is easily as intriguing as the photos themselves and leaves me wanting a more complete visual tour of the site.

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Re: Cadillac Joe's

Postby Onslow » Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:35 am

What a great little vignette of a persons passion. :) Nicely done.

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Postby Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:02 am

Lov'n that house. Sure would be a loss if it was torn down.
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Re: Cadillac Joe's

Postby Duck » Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:09 pm

Thanks for the look guys. I agree that this is a very impressive looking building and it is a shame it was never completed. The house sits on a very awkward sliver of land, wedged between a ravine and the road. In its current state it is an eyesore to the residents, but a dream for photographers and explorers of abandoned places. Who knows what will happen to this place.
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