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100 ABANDONED HOUSES

Culture: 100 ABANDONED HOUSES

The city of Detroit was once synonymous with cutting-edge automobiles and the soulful sounds of motown music. During its heyday in the 1950s, Detroit was the fifth-largest city in the United States. The once great city now finds itself in a state of distress, staking its place in the list of ghost towns and abandoned places around the world. It leaves behind a lasting music legacy and a hauntingly beautiful state of melancholy. Much of the city remains desolate today. Buildings sit foreclosed and forgotten, waiting for an economic revival. Hotels, theatres, mansions, art deco office spaces and family homes have become part of the distressed architecture, a background to the story of fading industry and urban decline. Kevin Bauman’s 100 Abandoned Houses project is a photo-documentary, showcasing a small number of some 12,000 abandoned houses in Detroit.