Sidewalk Polaroid


When I was in Florida a month ago, right after having lunch with an elder statesman of the skeptical movement, I found the above polaroid photograph on the sidewalk outside the restaurant. The signs above the windows have allowed me to identify the building as a Williams Scotsman “section modular office building”. It’s a moveable house that you rent for temporary needs. Judging from the state of the board ramp to the left, this particular specimen has been sitting there for quite some time. There are some palm fronds in the top right corner, suggesting that the house is somewhere in Florida. I wonder what it’s used for, and why someone photographed it. A tasty little mystery.


  1. #1 Mark P
    February 28, 2008

    This sort of moveable building is almost always used at major construction sites, from roads to large buildings. I assume from the existence of the ramp, rather than steps, that it was intended for commercial use and therefore had to comply with handicapped access regulations.

    But as to the rest – who knows?

  2. #2 Jack
    March 20, 2008

    We used similar buildings as temporary classrooms and the building that housed the “special needs” classes had a wheelchair ramp similar to that in your photo.

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