1,641 Comments Posted by eldokid@aol.com

@ Freespirit - I don't understand it either. Look at Detroit. Blocks and blocks of vacant houses just left to rot or become the victim of arsonists. I know there are circumstances like the economy and the area, but after these houses go through foreclosure, instead of just letting them sit vacant to eventually be bulldozed, why don't the sell them dirt cheap to people that are homeless or otherwise destitute. If they sold these houses for ten bucks, I'm sure they would draw people to buy them. Maybe make conditions like you have to live there for so many years. I don't know, I just think something should be done instead of just letting these places just rot away until all that's left is an empty field. I look at street after street in sections of Detroit and other cities and see these huge, once beautiful houses falling apart, half burnt or what have you. It's disgusting that this happens in this country.
I think I read somewhere on this site that he only does this with people he trusts his life with or else he goes alone. Which is probably how I would feel about it. I sure wouldn't want to explore places with a bunch of yahoos!
I've always been fascinated with collapsed / missing floors, not sure why.
I can't believe someone hasn't stolen that.
OMG this is terrible. It's bad enough to be stuck six feet under ground, but to be left and forgotten like this is soooo sad.
my mother used to yell at us "make sure you rake up all those seeds from that tree!" . . I guess this is what she thought would happen, eventually a tree would grow through the house.
what a beautiful building to have just go to waste
When standing here taking a photograph, are you ever afraid that some rogue animal (or human) will jump out from the darkness and attack you? Do you look around when doing this? I'll tell you, I would be so scared that I could not focus on taking a picture!
Gorgeous! It almost looks infrared. You can feel the silence in this photo
I would love to live in a place like this
An update to my comment of several years back. I did finally get the courage to start up my projector and Dave (above) is SO right! It is rather loud, sounding like a Sunbeam mixmaster whipping up egg whites! The smell of burning dust, lubricating oil and hot film instantly brought back so many memories of my youth. It did seem to be a little rough on the film, not as gentle like the Bell & Howell's I have. But it did work after not being used for many many years and proves they were machines that were built to last.
I can imagine an old Grandfather clock on that second landing, quietly ticking away the hours. . .
You can tell the quality and expense that went in to building this mansion. Look at the ceiling and the lathing and how close it is. I remember my mothers house had plaster and lath walls and the lath was farther apart than this.
Jack, I agree with you 100%. I refuse to purchase new furniture for just that reason. Six months later, it falls apart. When I had to buy office furniture for my job, the desks were pretty expensive and when they came in a box I found out it was just particle board. After a few months of use, two out of the three desks had fallen apart. I was taught how to reupholster furniture when I was in my 20s and I would rather hunt the junk shops for certain styles of a chair and then redo it. Guaranteed it will last. I did one back in 1982 or 83 and it's still holding up pretty well.
It's a shame but soon Detroit is going to be nothing more than prairie land. By the time they finish demolishing all the abandoned buildings, and with many people fleeing like rats off a sinking ship, what else is left? It's unfortunate that any American city has to go through this.