Houses born of spite

Spite houses — homes built to annoy the neighbors, the local government or both — have a long history in the U.S., with one reportedly built in 1716 by a man wishing to tick off his brother, Business Insider’s Julie Zeveloff writes.

Such houses are usually built on narrow strips of land and often block access to a road or obstruct a view.

And they are not relegated to history — among 15 spite houses Zeveloff chronicles is a house purchased in 2013 by the nonprofit Planting Peace across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, an anti-gay group. The nonprofit painted it like a rainbow and it now serves as a resource center for anti-bullying initiatives, Zeveloff said.