The movie was beautifully shot. The story brilliantly told. But for me, the star of the scenes was Allerdale Hall. As they first enter it, it seems grand until you realize that there are leaves falling into the entryway due to the gaping hole in the roof. Some rooms aren't safe to go into anymore. The whole of the building is a long run of what people today call "Ruin Photography" or "Ruin Porn".
Wikipedia describes "Ruin Photography" as such:
"Ruins photography, sometimes called ruin porn, is a recent movement in photography that takes the decline of the built-environment (cities, buildings, infrastructure) as its subject. While “ruins” may be broadly defined as the remnants, or residue of human achievement from the temples of ancient Sumeria to Machu Picchu, ruins photography refers specifically to the capture of urban decay and decline in the post-industrial zones of the world. Ruins photography aestheticizes the abandonment and decline of the city most of all, and has sparked conversations about the role of art in various revitalization and restoration projects from Detroit to Berlin."
There has also been countless articles about why we are so caught up in the images:
Couldn't the wood from old structures (that which is not rotted or insect riddled) be replaned and used again or turned into paper pulp instead of cutting down live trees? Could not old bricks be used as pavers? Metal from stairwells and decorations could be used in construction. It could also be used as scrap metal and melted down for a new life. It just seems such a shame to me that all these resources go to waste.
I would dismantle the estate instead of letting it die so brutually. I would save would could be saved - pack it away to be reassembled or reused elsewhere. Then just build a proper mine, liquid clay storage, and brick-making site on the land where the snow turns crimson every winter. But I know that all this is easier said than done. That's why it's not done more often. Without our insistence on renewing, reusing, and recycling of what resources are already out there, we are setting outselves up for eventual decline.