Alameda Spite House
Spite houses are a rare form of building created to specifically irritate a neighbor. At some point in the late 19th century Charles Froling had inherited a tract of land in Alameda, where he hoped to build his dream house. Unfortunately the City of Alameda decided to build a street right across his property, leaving only a sliver of land. The city's action was supported by Froling's neighbor, who obviously wanted a larger property, believing Froling would be forced to sell the land. To spite his neighbor, Froling built his house anyways, a tiny 3.0 m deep, 16 m long and 6.1 m high two story home. It remains a residence.
Downtown, Alameda, California