Pictured above are decaying Michigan bungalows. Unlike the Chicago brick version that I am much more familiar with, these houses, inspired by the late 19th and early 20th century Arts and Crafts Movement and Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School, were built mainly with wood. These houses were likely built in the 1920s--that decade was to Detroit what the 1990s were to Silicon Valley.
This ramshackle mess might be a Michigan bungalow too. Or a ranch home. The ailanthus trees growing inside of this house on McDougall Street don't seem to care.
When I was a boy I dreamed of a tree house. There are plenty Detroit-style tree houses throughout the Motor City--and they can be purchased cheaply. Although this one, which has been engulfed by mulberry and Siberian elm trees, is slated for demolition.
It looks like the more modest house on the right caught fire first--likely it was arson--and damaged the once stately two-story home on the left. I can imagine that a family with ten kids used to live in that one.
The porch roof on this green house collapsed.
In small towns old gas station structures are sometimes used as tourism offices. While there is much to see in Detroit--this one has not been converted as of yet.
My guess is that this was a Sunoco station. Sunoco still has a large presence in Detroit.
The door is open--actually there isn't one--at this home on Klinger Street with the satellite dish on the right. Let's walk in!
Just as I figured--no one is home.
Despite the clutter--this place is probably salvageable...
Although a new bath tub will be needed.
Once word gets out in Detroit that a home is vacant--the scavengers arrive.
This Dwyer Street dwelling is reverting to nature--and it has an ailanthus tree out front too.