Pleasantview Road, July 2021

It seems like a lot has changed on Pleasantview Road in the two years since I last visited. Besides the house I’d been photographing for over a decade having vanished, I feel like there are other buildings missing, as well. Above, the farm above looks abandoned. Below, the school, which I’ve looked at multiple times…

Pleasantview Road and Irish Lane, August 2019

Update: I went back and revisited the road in early July of 2021. I went back to Pleasantview Road in early August, to see how things were. Below, I was shocked to discover the old farmhouse, which I had been photographing for years, had vanished, despite receiving brand new storm windows and a front door…

The House on Pleasantview Road, August 2018

Update: The house was destroyed sometime in the first half of 2019. It’s been a while since I’d photographed the house on Pleasantview Road, and I usually approached it from the south, and I was very surprised to see that there had been some dramatic changes. The back wing had been boarded up with new…

Looking Back at Pleasantview Road, Washington Township, Tazewell County, Illinois

Update: I went back to Pleasantview Road in August of 2019. I’m eternally fascinated by the relatively isolated Pleasantview Road, with its beautiful barns and farmhouses. The rubble up above used to be a corn crib, I believe. Pleasantview School, slowly converted to storage lockers, seems to have stalled out. That beautiful Italianate farmhouse continues…

Abandoned Farmhouse, August 2015

Update: The house was destroyed sometime in thefirst half of 2019. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that the old farmhouse is still standing, in largely the same condition as the last time we had seen it. I realized that the bull’s eyes on the corners of the window frames still possess a bit of…

Irish Lane, Unzicker Road and Pleasantview Road, Washington Township, Illinois

Due to the increased productivity of farm machinery, there simply is not as much of a need for individual farmsteads. They increasingly are abandoned, their buildings disappearing one by one. The remnants of past higher population density remain, such as the school house below, itself sitting next to what seems to be an abandoned farmhouse….

The Old Farmhouse, Pleasantview Road

Update: The house was destroyed sometime in the first half of 2019. Amazing how a change of seasons and the passage of over half a year can change a building. The old farmhouse outside of Washington, Illinois, is still clinging to life, but as you can see from earlier pictures, there has been a vast…

Return to the Farmhouse on Pleasantview Road

I made it by the old farmhouse near my family’s farm that I’ve been photographing for the last couple of years, and as the summer passes by, so does time on the clapboards of the old house. I’ve begun to spot more abandoned houses scattered around Central Illinois, and I hope to document more in…

Abandoned Farmstead, Washington Township and a Rough Winter

Update: The house was destroyed sometime in thefirst half of 2019. The last winter has inflicted a great amount of damage on the abandoned farmhouse east of Washington, Illinois. A reader informed me that a tornado wiped out the corncrib, and it looks like another barn is gone as well. The house itself looks to…