These are photographs of abandoned houses in Detroit. They're part of a project called '100 Abandoned Houses' by Kevin Bauman. You might think that 100 is a large number, but reality counts around 12.000 abandoned houses. As you can see a lot of these houses are pretty big and beautiful. Bauman started this project due to pure curiosity about the state of his hometown. These picture were taken in Detroit's Brush Park. He was always interested as to how an obviously wealthy part of town could have ended up abandoned.

I couldn't believe what I saw when I saw these pictures. This all seems so sad to me. It really is. The sadness and feeling of melancholy and loss is simply dripping off those photographs as I look at them. Doesn't the city of Detroit want to preserve this incredibly beautiful part of it's heritage? What's stopping them? How is it even logical that new housing projects are being built when these gems can be renovated but are completely ignored?

Read more about why he started this project by visiting the official website for this specific project here.
Click here for his personal website, showing all his projects.

Apart from that, I couldn't help but imagine fantastic stories about how the family's came to live in those incredible mansions, their family history and where they are now.

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Comment by maria diego on January 12, 2010 at 9:39am
I have a really big fetiche with abandoned houses, i think it's beautiful the way nature recovers the space men's hand took from her. I would love to live in one of them, keeping the esthetics, just making the functional.
Comment by Gofaster on January 11, 2010 at 9:03pm
If anything, these houses are symbol of what happens when an American Industry thinks its invincible. When the Japanese introduced their cars here they were considered econo box pieces of junk. And year on year they improved and year on year detroit continued to ship junk. F'it up on the line and have the dealer fix it was the mantra. Americans want big cars, Americans don't want or care about fuel efficiency.

Yea right.

This wakeup call is probably the one thing that might save Detroit in the long run.
Comment by Kevin on January 11, 2010 at 12:30pm
I think I actually looked at one of these on a real estate sight when I was checking out cheap houses to buy there. It's really sad what happened to Detroit. This could very much happen to a lot of other towns if businesses send more manufacturing overseas. If the "American Dream" is not dead it's on life support for many of us.
Comment by Martin on January 11, 2010 at 9:47am
Not so much haunted houses as ghosts of houses. Sad, because they must once have been somebody's pride and joy.

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