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Exploring Ginter House

I have always loved a dilapidated home. Don’t get me wrong, a perfectly restored home will win me over every time, but there is something about a home that was once in its glory days being left to fall apart. It captures my imagination and creativity as I wander around, imagining the home as it once was, and the lives that were lived between its walls.

I first stumbled upon the ruins of Ginter House in Prince George, BC as a teenager with my youth group. The foundation of the home sits on top of a huge field and hill and was the perfect spot for a game of Mission Impossible. Or capture the flag. I clearly don’t remember what game we were playing. I just remember the stonework, and the handful of fireplace tiles I tucked in my pocket. (The years before I cared about “take nothing leave nothing.”)

Ginter House was built in 1963 by Ben Ginter, the owner of a successful local brewery. In its heyday the estate is said to have had huge parties and even peacocks on the lawn.

Photo Credit: The Exploration Place

Not many photos are available online of the home in its original state. There are a few photos of the home boarded up in the mid-90′s, shortly before it was torn down.

It is in its current state that I love it most. 

The front drive and steps remain, inviting you up into a foundation being slowly reclaimed by nature.

The stone columns boast of a view down the hill to the city below.

A quiet stream runs along the side of the property, once used in the design of the home’s waterworks. Now a serene gurgle as you wander the property.

Are there any old dilapidated homes in your area? Share your favourites with me!

XOXO Aubrey


2 thoughts on “Exploring Ginter House

  1. I remember the peacocks and the Japanese pheasants. Auntie Grace used to collect the peacock tail feathers and used them to create glorious displays throughout the home of perfectly reconstructed fully fanned out tails.

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