As long as you do not enjoy long, stressful car rides, virtually no one likes traffic. And when you have to deal with the noise after the ride, the stress definitely stacks up. But what if you mix horse-drawn carriages and a very angry homeowner? Well, 200 years ago, a poor guy was tired of traffic through his house … and he decided to do something about it. And the trail he left behind is still a spectacle.
A man's simple desire
John Hollensbury was probably like any other hard-working man in the 1830s: he wanted to come home after a long day and have some peace and quiet. It was said that Hollensbury had one thing: the cocophany of traffic noise was within earshot. Considering that the traffic he heard was made up of pounding hooves, it's hard to blame the guy for it. But what he did about it brought his neighborhood on the map.
An extremely creative approach
Hollensbury lived on Queen's Street, which attracted national attention after Hollensbury's feat. Much of the traffic near his home fell across the alley beside his house, bothering him with the noise. Bear in mind that the alley was likely public property is essential … because the legitimacy of his revenge is still debatable today. But fortunately for Hollensbury, he had a glowing seat on the City Council and got away with one of the most fantastic pranks in history!
His amazing solution
Since it's a bit hard to stop a massive horse with a spike strip, Hollensbury decided to do it all … and built in whole house in the alley. Although he called it an extension, do not be fooled. The thin blue building could house more than two dozen people! Most likely, I was not happy with his new rate. After Hollensbury dies, you think they're going to rip his raging creation, right? No … the house of wickedness is still standing. But what is the purpose today?
This enthusiastic "Spite House" buyer
Believe it or not, that little bit of history was auctioned in the 90s for a staggering $ 135,000 to an enthusiastic buyer, Jack Sammis. Although the price tag for the 7 foot wide, 25 foot deep house was a bit massive, Sammis knew he needed it from the moment it was listed. After a few renovations and repairs, the apartment was like new for a wealth of events! But what exactly can you accommodate in such a small space?
Make the most of the space
Somehow, Sammis managed to find plenty of space in the house to live, celebrate and live comfortably. He could have his wedding party It is a terrace that he built after the purchase, with almost 25 people. And today, he and his wife, Colleen, like to invite the guests and show the spectacular, the hateful House, "It makes the world a bit more magical," said Colleen.