This old farm house is probably one of the most photographed abandoned buildings in the southwest corner of the province. We’ve seen countless pictures of it from any number of photographers and we’ve shot our share too. No doubt that it’s easy to find accounts for some of its popularity. But the clincher, the real reason it’s so often shot, is that’s it full of character. How it leans and sags, each wall at odd angles to the rest. It’s just so darn interesting.
And then there’s the setting. Plain and simple, it’s stunning. The wall of rock that is Livingstone Ridge in behind is pretty much the perfect backdrop. It’d be damn hard to take a crappy photo here.
This place is called the Dwyer House. We don’t know when it was built nor when abandoned. We think some time ago for the latter. It’s briefly seen in the 1980s film Journey of Natty Gann, filmed all over the area, and it looked not all that different than it does today (well perhaps a little straighter). This suggests even then it had stood vacant for some time.
Someone has stripped some of the boards off the building recently. One word there…thieves. Damn it, show some respect to private property.
A fine old dwelling…
1915 Cement House.
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Date of adventure: December, 2016.
Location: Southwestern, AB.
The house can be viewed from a public road.