Marquette, Michigan. A small building suffering from benign neglect, tucked into a shabby little lot and surrounded by a tangle of weeds.


An “Iron ore pocket dock?” Is this related to the Popeil Pocket Fisherman?




I am just amazed that there is no apparent upkeep or care for this exquisite little building.


  1. Jeanne says:

    Its like a fairy tale cottage. I agree on your query on the upkeep.

    • The honeysuckle seem determined to get in, don’t they?

      • You know that I love the images that you present and the metaphors that you meld into your imagery…..The details you always shoot are far more intriguing than the whole subject, building or structure….I find my own quest to be similar and we have discussed that before….the window with the bush is amazing….the branches creeping over…..attempting to gain entry….the sheet blocking a peek into the past and present…..the vintage green paint….weathered and chipping….outstanding image again my lovely friend……”Bravo”

  2. David says:

    Hadn’t thought of Ron Popeil in ages!

  3. Jane Lurie says:

    Beautiful set of photos. Funny reference to the pocket fisherman– a blast from the past.

  4. richardhaas8 says:

    Well Wabi Sabi, another Bingo~! Great subject, great capture.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Exquisite barely describes this little gem. Love to see more of this.
    As for Popeil, the tumblers come crashing into place: He’s the mystery man. Being somewhat t.v. illiterate back then, I had no idea until your reference and a bit of Googling that the client whose house I was working on while at Lautner’s office was him. (And John was from Marquette.)

    • Wow! I had to wait till after school to do some Googling myself and found myself moving from one article to another, reading about John Lautner and looking at his designs. Very interesting–I think I’ll keep reading. And I think that “Pitchman” piece is in Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point”–Popeil was a pretty interesting character. So…you didn’t have to incorporate any Ronco products into your design work?
      I was talking with my students today about the interconnectedness of history–how you pull one string and pretty soon you are bumping into all sorts of other things–our conversation seems to prove that point.

    • I love the way you write and the words you so gently pen to prose…Thanks for the visions you allow us to relish in….

  6. Marjorie says:

    Oh so stimulating….your treasured images and the rich commentary that follows. I love your head.

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