Abandoned Houses in Detroit

Kevin Bauman began photographing abandoned houses in his home town of Detroit, Michigan 10 years ago. What started as a creative outlet to satisfy his curiosity has grown into an extensive photo series entitled the 100 Abandoned Houses.

Plunging by 25% in the last decade, Detroit has experienced the largest percentage population loss over any other American city. Kevin explains “I had always found it to be amazing, depressing, and perplexing that a once great city could find itself in such great distress, all the while surrounded by such affluence.” Unlike this town that was devoured by sand, reasons for Detroit’s losses include troubles in the auto industry and the collapse of the industrial-based economy.

Many of the photos feature large homes and mansions in Brush Park, a once wealthy enclave in the city. Although the neighborhood is just a stones throw away from the Fox Theater and even the central business district, it is now what Kevin describes as “an example of the downfall of American cities.”

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