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Mother Goose House

Mother Goose House
For a decade, Judge Sherman Neace has been the proud owner of a fieldstone house in Hazard, Kentucky, a small Appalachian coal-mining town. His home is truly extreme, as the upper half and roof appear to be the head and neck of a goose. With an adjacent structure resembling three eggs, this big bird seems to be guarding its progeny. These peculiar buildings were built 60 years ago by a local grocer and carpenter named John Stacy, whose family lived in the "goose" while the egg building was in use as a dairy bar and restaurant.  One of the unique features of the house is the hand-made egg-shaped windows. Inside, there is a living room, a kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom. The contour of the goose is perhaps most apparent in the attic, where the walls are shaped to form the neck and head, and the ceiling rafters bow to produce the back of the fowl. Having lived in the house for approximately a year, Judge Neace is now landlord rather than resident, encouraging his visitors and potential tenants to climb into the "head" and "neck" for--quite literally--a bird's eye view of the neighborhood.

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