Before I get into this, I need to cover two things. First: I’d just like to remind you, kind readers, that I do not give out location and trespassing information to people I do not know or who are not experienced explorers. I’m not withholding information out of a superiority complex, or just to be a dick, it’s for your own safety and my liability. Recently, I’ve gotten a number of emails requesting info, and while I’m very glad people are reading the blog, it makes me feel like an jerk to have to respond only to say I can’t respond. There is a Q&A on this page that covers that, and other, issues if you want more details about my reasoning.
Second: In case you missed it- this month, Atomic Books released a big fat collection of my early work, so if you’re so inclined, you can order Museum of Mistakes: The Fart Party Collection directly from me right now, or wait a week or so and get it at your local comic book shop or online distro.
Okay, that’s it, let’s get to it: Belton Court.
Belton Court is historic estate built in 1905 in Barrington, Rhode Island. The medieval inspired, castle like mansion has undergone numerous incarnations in the past 100 years, including Ferrin Hall, Gibson Memorial Building, Peck Mansion, Barrington College, and most recently, Zion Bible College, who used it until 2008.
The campus was purchased in 2011 by ShineHarmony Holdings LLC, which stated its intention to turn the mansion into elderly housing. The building sat vacant until this year, and it now appears that remodeling plans have begun and should start up any day now. Let’s just get through these photos and get on with it.
Exteriors of Zion Bible College in 2014.
Early Belton Court blueprints.
A sign in the basement for one of the mansion’s earlier incarnations as Ferrin Hall, with a later poster of scripture behind it for the bible college.
This is the kind of library I’d expect to envision while hate-reading a shitty Dan Brown novel about religious mysteries. The only reason I’d hypothetically read such a novel is if I was hypothetically stranded at the airport and had already plowed through all the gossip magazines and maybe even tried to endure an issue of GQ after failing to convince myself I could actually read more than two paragraphs of each article in Scientific American. This is all based on the hypothetical assumption that my phone is dead and I didn’t bring my laptop, of course.
I enjoy this somewhat ironic tile work depicting a simple country lifestyle amidst a lavish, sprawling mansion. But also take a second to ogle the woodwork detail on the mantel. Swoon.
I thought this ornate stonework was cool until I realized it was a bible. Religion and I have a complicated relationship mostly bordering on downright hostile.
A very out of place Disney safe room. I kinda want to know the reasoning behind choosing this painting scheme, but alas, it will forget remain a mystery I give almost no fucks about.
Mah BOYS. These are my main exploring buddies.
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