Stroll about your city, and you'll likely notice a few staircases leading to nowhere, doors opening to brick walls, or pipes filled with nothing at all. Why have these useless vestiges been saved—or even, in some cases, maintained? The architectural relics scattered throughout your town that are purposefully preserved despite being functionally useless are known as "Thomassons," and they have an interesting backstory.
Hyperart: Thomasson, By Akasegawa Genpei
Take a peek at artist Akasegawa Genpei's book on Thomassons.
Thomassons In Pittsfield, MA
Learn more about Thomassons and explore more architectural relics with the Berkshire Museum.
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