There is a home on Galveston Island, Texas, that is considered to be on the strange side. It's called the Kettle House and has to resemble a teakettle. Built of steel in a rounded bowl design, it has a roof with a chimney said by some to whistle when a fire is built in the fireplace. How they would know, I'm not sure as it is said to have been unoccupied for most of its existence, which dates to about 1950.
Brewed in eccentricity and steeped in rumors it warms the cockles of one's heart just by sipping the aroma and ambiance of its style. Some say it was built out of old storage tanks once used by those in the oil industry. Others say it's the top of a silo turned upside down and roofed. But no one seems to know who owns the place, for he is never seen.
Oh, someone shows up every few years to do a little maintenance. No one is known to have been inside the place, according to the neighbors. Which does make one question the rumor of the whistling chimney. Around 2000 someone did come around and work on the roof, replace the windows, put in an air conditioner, add a mail box. The work was said to be done in response to the city council threatening to tear it down.
I do have a few mundane questions about the information provided. Owner not known? Any place I've every lived required property to be registered with the county and taxes levied and paid on the place or it can be confiscated by the county and sold. And in most places, this is considered public information and others can check it out. Surely Texas does this as well? If there is a mail box, does anyone ever check the mail? I know we get enough junk mail to quickly fill a mail box to overflowing if not tended to on a regular basis.
Even on an island, surely someone has to do a little yardwork so Mother Nature doesn't come in and claim it for her own. Has no one ever taken over a cup of coffee and a plate of banana bread to share and chat?
All this is not to imply that I'm not interested, for I would very much like to visit one day and check it out for myself. I do like the odd and unusual, especially in buildings and structures. If you've been, good for you. I hope you enjoyed the journey, and invite you to share your experience.
Have a good weekend and enjoy life's journey whenever you can.