The History of Spite Houses, Homes Built on Contempt

Spite houses are homes built on anger and revenge. Though the motivations behind them vary—from blocking a neighbor’s view to stopping the construction of a road—they never seem to fit into their surroundings. Hyperallergic has rounded up some of the most well-known spite houses, including Edith Masefield’s Seattle home, which now sits encircled by commercial towers after she refused to sell to developers.