If houses could tell stories, this decrepit cottage in Isabella, Missouri would probably write a pretty good book. For years it fronted Missouri State highway 80, which later became US Highway 160.
Several years ago, a former owner, wanting to free himself from the tax liability, and to claim a charitable contribution on his income tax, donated the house to the local art league. They were ecstatic, until they got the termite report. The place was riddled with termites.
Two art league officials came to Don at his real estate office for advice. After discussing the problem, Don asked them, "Is there any way you can give it back?"
The Art League Official, saddened by the suggestion, replied: "But we so wanted to have it open to the public for the display of our member's paintings."
Don paused. "Well, in that case," he said, "tell your artists not to use any wooden frames."
Apparently, the officials failed to see the twinkle in Don's eye, and on that note, the meeting ended rather abruptly.
The art show never came off, and the league eventually got rid of the building, which, by some miracle, is still standing. Maybe it's waiting for one more story.
Texture by Kim Klassen