It is always sad to see a grand old house fall into decay.  The Brownell House in Fairhaven has been condemned and abandoned.  The vegetation has covered the old clapboards, tattered curtains sway crazily from the windows, mountains of dust and trash litter the rooms, now ghostly as the sun filters through the shutters and falls upon rooms of broken antique furnishings.  The parlor where Emma said goodbye before departing for Fall River now stands empty and forlorn, the Victorian settee in the window faded and dusty, awaiting the end with a stoic resignation.  Another piece of the Borden saga will soon be lost to history.