This haunting photo is of Chateau Miranda in Belgium. During the French Revolution, the family of the Count of Liedekerke-Beaufort left the feudal castle Château de Vêves and lived at a nearby farm. After the Revolution, this opulent residence was built as a summer home for the family in 1866. A summer home, no less.
The Château de Miranda was owned and used by the family except when it was briefly occupied by the Nazis in World War II. In 1958, it was used by the SNCB (a Belgian national rail company) as a home for the railwaymen's children and that is how it also achieved the name Château de Noisy.
Can you imagine children's play in this space? Perhaps only learning. As a child I would have been completely distracted by the spider web ceiling.
I can more easily imagine children running through this concourse. Or, a refined Edwardian lady watching from these windows for the approach of a suitor's carriage. I much prefer this French blue bishop's hat ceiling to the red spidery one. Wishing those who currently stalk and trundle would take their empties when they go.
Such amazing. architecture. Specific to the last measure. Was there a bride who descended this stairway? Or did they do that in the last of the 19th century?
Did the children begin this descecration? The war? No. The house still belongs to the family who maintain their original castle home nearby. No news on their plans for Chateau Noisy. There are bits to be found on the 'net by people who want to see it restored. There is a Facebook page for Chateau Miranda. Perhap you will add your voice.
It is hard to imagine that so much decay could have happened since that fire escape was installed. The date given for the family's abandonment of the structure is 1991.
There is this poignant reminder that someone once planned..
It is an aged and moldy wallpaper book.
Could you just cry?
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This post originally appeared in 2013.