Photo Gallery: The Beautiful Abandoned Houses of Detroit

A few weeks ago, we got a close-up look at the fallout from America’s ongoing financial crisis in Douglas R. Smith’s photos, taken inside the foreclosed homes of California’s Central Valley. But poverty and joblessness are nothing new for Rust Belt cities like Detroit, whose population declined by 25 percent between 2000 and 2010. Although other photographers have explored the rubble of its public spaces, Kevin Bauman has been working since the ’90s to document Detroit’s abandoned homes. “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,” he writes. Bauman’s 100 Abandoned Houses project captures both the extent and the variety of Detroit’s depression, in which homes ranging from secluded hovels to lavish, brick and stone mansions sit empty. Click through to see some of the most striking images from the series.

Photo credit: Kevin Bauman [Spotted via Design You Trust]