Mystery Monday (5/23)

Posted on 05/23/2011 by Sam Melden in Mystery Monday

Another week, another mystery! Here is the entry for this week. Read the guidelines below, then comment and be sure to include a link to a corresponding map. Then, this Friday we will reveal this photos location in the comment section of this post!

Here are the guidelines,

  • If you can correctly identify the photo with a link to Google Maps showing where it is, or should be*, you win! Leave a comment here on the blog or on our Facebook Page.
  • Every Friday we will reveal the photo and congratulate the winner! (The first to post the correct answer & link)
  • Each weekly winner will receive a coupon for $50 off their next Aerial Photo purchase, or simple bragging rights! Whichever you prefer. (Make sure to provide adequate contact info.)

(*It is estimated that 40% of photos document places that are no longer standing. So, if you can tell us where the subject of the photo used to be, that will work too.)


Visitor Comments

I have to be in town all day, so you guys get a head start on me.

...but I am going to take a wild guess....this reminds me of photos my mom had in her album of Ladywood, private boarding school for girls, back in the 1940's in Indiana. It is now co-ed.

Wouldn't be funny if I was right....OK everybody, you have a days head start on me....better get going!

Hi Sam, ......going to really need your help with an early clue. Not going to have any time except Wednesday to work on this, since I will be in the hospital for a while on Thursday. But I will mentally work on it on Thursday if you give me a clue now....hint, hint.

This is what I figure so far. This looks like the lower windows area is a dining room or something, Italian influence to the building. Strange placement of windows on top floor. Figure this is the south side of the building. Not much plumbing visible on roof except to the far right.

Building to the back has me puzzled.....almost as if a rock stables or something, but then the three balconies make no sense. And the rounded room at the end is like a pool house.??? this building almost looks like a French influence to me.

All the trees and bushes, paths. Sure made this place secluded. We are looking at the back of the main building

CONCLUSION: This was a Sanatorium Retreat type place (but not hospital), which is now over grown. Made to be very private. Not a private home or mansion....the only way it could be a private residence would be if it was a retreat for a President. Location.....can't figure out. Main building reminds me of Southern California, Northern Arizona or New Mexico....but the trees say otherwise. The building to the back say as usual, I am lost as to where it is. The U.S. is a big place and I have a hard time with geography.

Alright... Here is your clue! This photo is from Beaver County, PA. - Does that help?

Thanks for the Clue Sam, guess it didn't help anyone else either. I haven't had time to really work this one this time. I did look at the photo again last night and did notice that the lower floor.....what I thought were windows are openings to large passage way....

I am now wondering if this could have once been a small Tuberculosis hospital.....and to cover my bases, suppose it could have been a mansion once, but just really doubt it.

Maybe that upper building was used as a large work area....a lot of tanning went on there. Also a lot of religious groups........gee, I think I have covered all possibilities!....but just don't have a clue. It could be a restaurant but think it is too big for the area......I think it is now gone or empty.....I have read about lots of historic buildings in that county and find no mention of anything with this description........

So, I guess I am not alone....your other 1,300+ fans don't seem to have any ideas either.......time for that reveal.

Linda - I think you just didn't have enough help. :) Getting ready to post the update now.

To see the latest on this post check here.

Very interesting Blog Sam. I depend first on location description that I feed into the computer after I come to some conclusion about photo and go from there...i.e. on to maps and old photo's from history sites etc. For Beaver Co. PA nothing came close to this.....No this is REALLY a challenge! lol....wonder if we will ever know.

Depending on where this is "suppose" to be....this is an interesting site that explains why many homes and businesses have disappeared. Especially the last three paragraphs that talk about change in the 1950-60 and 1970's.
The William Dunlap Mansion sort of interests me, wish I could find a photo of what it looked like....they say it was different than the other architecture around.

Were you going to give us an approximate location of where you thought this was.....north, south, east, west, Beaver Co.?...corner, mid, etc.

Those small windows were attic window in some styles of arcitecture. This one looks like they then"raised the roof" of the building.

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