For almost as long as people have been living in houses, they
have also been fascinated by ruined and abandoned ones. Why are
these ruins so compelling? And what do they tell us about the idea
From the abandoned cottages of backblocks New Zealand to the
ruins of Hadrian's Villa in Rome, Justin Paton explores the meaning
and value of 'haunted houses'.
Justin Paton is an award-winning art writer, a former editor of
Landfall, and Senior Curator at Christchurch Art Gallery.
He was the 2012 Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, France.