Morning everyone (well, morning for me anyway).
A while back, I made a list of movies and books that were Preservation-themed and I realized recently that I left one off. How in the world I could over-look this gem? I have NO clue, but I did, and that movie is the Pixar Gem: UP. UP is the story of a grouchy old man named Carl who is going to lose his house to development pressure… or maybe just find himself waking up in the linens aisle of a new box store. Carl loves his house too much for that, so he attaches millions of balloons to his house and floats away to paradise! Here is a movie still of Carl’s house before it takes flight.
Well, it seems that IRL (In Real Life, for those not up on the internet-speak) some people don’t think that Carl’s idea is that far-fetched, or at least they think it makes for great visual commentary on their Preservation quest. Who knows? Maybe balloons will someday be as prevalent as “This Place Matters” signs in the Preservation community. So, because I’ve seen a few houses with balloons over them on the internet lately, I’ve decided to bring you some real life “UP” house as seen around the internet:
Here is a house owned by a lawyer in Portland, Oregon, whose house is now surrounded by college dorms and transportation projects. You can find an article on his Preservation Battle here.
The next Real Life UP house is not actually a Preservation story, but it comes to us from National Geographic. This guy simply wondered, “How hard can it be?” and in an episode of a show entitled exactly that, they attach 300 balloons to a 16×16 house (significatly smaller than Carl’s Queen Anne, by the looks) and this is what they got:
And last, but cetainly not least, we go to the UP house in Utah,to a home built by a Disney Movie buff like myself. Again, this house isn’t the center of a Preservation story, but I bet people will fight to save this house one day.
Blair Bangerter and his brothers build custom homes and while watching UP, he realized he could build a house like that. Once they had the green light from Disney, that’s exactly what they did. Read about it here. Oh, and another cool thing about the UP house in Utah? It also has a replica of Andy’s bedroom from Toy Story! If only I lived in Utah.
I hope these great places have lifted your spirits for the week ahead. Have a great day!