Friday, October 29, 2010

The Creepy Side of Eastlake Victorian

Victorian Woman at Vanity?

I was always intrigued by this image.
Do you see a Victorian woman at her vanity?
Or do you see a skull?

Do you want to see something even scarier than that? Anyès over at The Dusty Victorian recently did a post about her scary basement. Be sure to check out her site! Her basement looked a lot like the basement at Eastlake Victorian, so I thought I'd let you take a peek at ours as well. Follow me...

Brick foundation wall

Here... I'll get the light...

Laundry Room

Watch your step. The floors are very uneven...

Creepy basement floors and walls

Watch your head! There are spiders EVERYWHERE!!!

Webs everywhere!

Wait a minute...


All those spiders...


Are DEAD!!!!! Yes, all our basement spiders build their webs all over the place, then promptly die. What does that mean?

More webs

And all the windows have been clawed at and chewed. Was some creature once locked down here and tried to escape?

Claw marks on window

Most of the original structural posts have been replaced, but the house is still sagging in many areas...

Structural supports & webs

This is definitely a basement that can never be living space. The ceilings are much too low!

Old beams

The floors are cracked, the walls are disintegrating, there's seepage everywhere...

Cracking floors

No matter how often we've swept, cleaned, and dusted, we end up with this...

Rotting thresholds

and this...

Spider webs everywhere!

And, the pièce de résistance...

Creepy Toilet

A room with a toilet. Nothing else, just the toilet. I must say, we've never taken advantage of that toilet, and I don't ever remember even opening the lid. Scary, no?

Well, that concludes our tour of the creepy, disgusting underbelly of Eastlake Victorian. Thanks, Anyès, for the inspiration!

Now, where did my husband go? Last time I saw him, he was in the basement...



Where's Terry

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Blogger Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a fantastic post!!
I love the photo of the Victorian lady!! And your basement!! Typical for an older house but perfect for a Halloween post!!
Have a HAppy Halloween weekend!!


October 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Debbie-

Hope I didn't scare you too much! I hope your Halloween weekend is fun as well!


October 30, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger The Dusty Victorian said...

Man Oh Man!!! That was creepy Pam, but hilarious at the same time. Loved it!

October 30, 2010 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger The Sweetbrier Cottage said...

Oh poor Terry!!! It looks like a scene from one of Poe's works. Love the picture of the Victorian woman - didn't see the skull until you mentioned it, but it's very cool. As for your basement - what a great site it would be for a Halloween party, low ceilings and all:)

October 31, 2010 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Anyès,

Thank you for great inspiration! It was a lot of fun trying to find the creepiest parts to photograph. Glad you liked it!


October 31, 2010 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...


I guess if we had kids, the basement could be used for a haunted house party. As for adults, well, they'd all have to be no taller than me. Terry bangs his head on all the low ductwork and pipes down there. Maybe that's what happened to him... :-)


October 31, 2010 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

When I lived in Chicago... (1938 to 1958 ).
The house that we lived in was built in my great-grandparents....and later sold to my grandparents..and even later...left to my mother who was their only daughter.
Our family owened the house for over 70 years and then it was sold...when we all moved out and my parents did not need such a large home any longer...we had a basement too...but it was usable...and we could walk around in it. It was musty smeeling and dusty ...but it also had s single toilet in it...and was very useful to us..and there were 11 of us living in that house at one time...and it only had one bathroom on the second floor..but I do remember not wanting to go down there alone when I was young.
All five of us siblings who grew up in that house are planning to visit the old neighborhood next summer...and we are working on getting the owners of our old homestead to let us in to see it one more time.
If nothing else, we will have pictures takenof us in front of the house.

OK...did not mean to write a novel.


November 20, 2010 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Rose-

I LOVE your stories of growing up in Chicago! Irving Park neighborhood, right? Oh, that would be great if you all got to go inside to see your old home after all these years! Make sure you bring any photos you might have of the house to compare it to now. I wonder how the current owners are using the basement?


November 20, 2010 at 8:19 PM  

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