The Prairie Homestead located just north of the Badlands provided a wholesome lifestyle for Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown. They built the home in 1909, and it is one of the last remaining sod homes still intact today.
This entry was posted on October 25, 2012 by John & Lois. It was filed under Architecture, South Dakota .
I expected to see Little Joe step outta that Little House on the Praire.
October 25, 2012 at 5:19 am
I really like this washed look – it’s so hot and dry out there and your processing really captures that feel
October 25, 2012 at 8:29 am
Wow, I’ve missed some awesome shots! Love them all, but the one of Chief Crazy Horse is beautiful! Have a great day!
October 25, 2012 at 9:02 am
LOVE the processing…another framer, my friend! 🙂 Can you imagine living in this now a days?
October 25, 2012 at 9:17 am
I love the processing on this one!! Almost like a painting and very inviting.
October 25, 2012 at 10:17 am
I really like how you process your photos…a sod house still standing that is pretty amazing!
October 25, 2012 at 10:24 am
I can’t believe it–we were there just a few years ago! Isn’t it impressive how the wife tried to maintain a “civilized” home with curtains even though she was living in a house made of dirt? I love your processing–it might have been a painting made back when that family was making the best of things so long ago.
October 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm
This is a great photo. Could you give me the location of this home? I am a graduate student in history at North Dakota State University studying earth homes in Western North Dakota. I wouldn’t have guessed that this was a sod home with all of the milled lumber in the center of the photo, but to the left it looks like the framed house is attached to a sod section. I have seen several sod homes still in existence and one in Haley, ND that is still rented out. You would never know by just looking at it that tit was a made of sod.
Bobbie, I love your description of how the wives tried maintain a “civilized” home. This is the very attitude that I am writing about in one of my chapters; our perceptions of sod/earth homes. Why would we want to live in a home made of the very thing we so desperately try to keep out of it? ; )
I have a soft spot for these homes. They are neglected by architects, seen as temporary by historians, and shunned by most simply because of the materials they are constructed with. I think they are beautiful and their simplicity in material and design defines them and the settlers that constructed them. Again, your photo is outstanding! Rob
October 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm
The Prairie Homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at Philip, South Dakota.
October 26, 2012 at 6:26 am
If you’re interested in seeing the interior, I posted two photos–of the bedroom and the kitchen–at http://www.bfcphoto.tumblr.com/
October 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm
Splendid shot, so beautifully processed.
October 26, 2012 at 10:11 am
What a fantastic image this is, a real winner!
October 27, 2012 at 8:10 am
Don’t tell Ron but, my first thought was Little House on the Prairie also. Marvelous processing.
October 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm
great processing. Gives it a painterly feel.
October 29, 2012 at 9:31 am
There was nothing romantic about life in those soddies in those days…can you imagine a winter in this with the very limited diets they had then. Winter on these northern plains is hard enough nowadays in a centrally heated house. Those were some very STRONG people who settled here.
November 3, 2012 at 11:29 am
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