decaying house

Nuestra Señora de Lourdes El Batán Estate, Madrid, Spain.

(Arch. Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza, José Luis Romany, Manuel Sierra, Luis Cubillo de Arteaga, Eduardo Mangada & Carlos Ferrán, 1955-70)

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Ilford film.

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Metal foundry L // Metallgießerei L

Having spent a large amount of time on the dark ground floor, coming upstairs was like a breath of fresh air - both figuratively and literally. The wasn’t even one window, that wasn’t broken and despite it being a cold but windless day outside, wind kept howling through the rooms drowning out all the other noise.

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A short time lapse film of an abandoned house in England. A nice little time capsule with a fair amount of belongings left behind.

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The Abandoned Homes of Huntington, WV

My current hometown of Huntington, West Virginia is no stranger to vacant houses. It’s estimated that around 250 homes in the city are abandoned but that number is declining thanks to an anonymous donation of $100,000 to the city with the strict instruction that it be spent on the demolition of abandoned houses. The city of Huntington matched the donation and got to work. Not only are the vacant properties an eyesore for neighbors, they are also a drain on the surrounding property value and a target for copper thieves and drug activity. Perhaps what prompted the initiative of cleaning up vacant properties in Huntington is the fact that, like most parts of Appalachia, the city is in the midst of a massive heroin epidemic. Last summer alone saw the worst overdose rate in the history of West Virginia, 26 in the span of a few hours. Yes I said HOURS. The AP reported that the heroin overdose fatality rate in Cabell County alone is 13 times higher than the national rate. The average cost of demolishing a house is between $8,000 and $10,000 so there is still a long road ahead but at least they got the ball rolling and are making an effort.