But I am also, always drawn to the mysterious. There is something so appealing to me about these old, once stately mansions, now standing derelict & unused.
Some of the old dwellings in St. Antonin have been modernized & restored to the point of losing their ancient charm. They have, however, become efficient homes for their owners.
I always prefer when much of the original facade is left in tact & when the colors wear a natural patina.
In some cases modern doors & plate glass windows are added to the old facades, as below. But with the display of so many beautiful plants & flowers the modernization is not as jarring as it might be.
I have witnessed so many of these beautiful old structures lost to modernization that I almost feel it is my duty to preserve them, if only in photographs.
Because of course, I do understand how wonderful it is for an abandoned building, in the end, to become a cozy & well loved home.