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Art/Literary - Architecture / old buildings
|English term or phrase: an old delapidated house|
|I am looking for another special term that describes old houses with delapidated exteriors and very refined interiors. Is there such a term?|
If you cannot think of one, then at least a single word to describe a run-down building. I am thinking in terms of say a very old, tall apartment or office building whose exterior has gone to ruin for wont of upkeep.
I know an 'eyesore' is mainly used to refer to an aesthetically unpleasing building but it can also be used to describe once-grand builings that have fallen into a state of disrepair. You might want to use an adjective with it though such as 'crumbling'.
Frenetic Mind: loving the neighborhood
... of an eyesore, but you could see that it had glory days and underneath the broken
windows, peeled paint and rotting siding was a beautiful building of some ...
Living - The Cincinnati Post
... through and then out of this beautiful building. A long decline began. Finally, it
was empty. As recently as a decade ago, it had become a boarded-up eyesore. ...
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|Thanks to everyone. As I often referred to the eyesores of my original question several times, I profitted from several of the other suggestions offered -- in particular ramshackle and derelict.|
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stately building with neglected/run-down exterior
Suggestion - To my knowledge there is no term that covers both cases (neglected on the outside only).
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The NEW OXFORD Thesaurus of ENGLISH
run down Øadjective
1 a run-down area of East London
DILAPIDATED, tumbledown, ramshackle, derelict, ruinous, falling to pieces, decrepit, gone to rack and ruin, in ruins, broken-down, crumbling, decaying, disintegrating;
NEGLECTED, uncared-for, unmaintained, depressed, down at heel, seedy, shabby, dingy, slummy, insalubrious, squalid; informal shambly, crummy; Brit. informal grotty; N. Amer. informal shacky.
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