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My hometown, Helsinki, Finland, doesn't have many abandoned buildings. This is a growing city, and since the centre is right on the seashore, it can only grow in one direction. Land is therefore expensive and little-used buildings are quickly torn down to make room for more profitable ones. Anyhow, there is an area quite near the central parts of Helsinki, called Kruunuvuori, that has long been the subject of dispute between the city and the private owner of the area. And for decades, while the negotiations went on, the hundred-year-old villas just sat there, unmaintained, only inhabited by animals or the occasional homeless person.

Now, the disputing parties have finally come to an agreement. The city will purchase the area and develop it as a park. But this comes too late for most of the villas; possibly a few of them can be saved, but most of them definitely can't.

Last weekend, I made a trip to the Kruunuvuori area to take a look at what will soon not be there any more.

The building that the above doors belong to.

The bulging wall of the same.

And its outbuilding.

One of those villas that are in better condition. The windows have plywood over them so as not to let the weather in, and it looked like somebody has maintained it to an extent. This one is possibly salvageable.

The cellar of the above building...

...and its outhouse.

Definitely not salvageable, this house was by far the most haunting and impressive of our trip.

Inside, you could see what a beauty it had been.

This one was, again, in a better condition, possibly maintained.

A less fancy house.

Somebody had been sleeping inside. Note the wallpaper that has peeled off the wall, all the way in one piece.

Mold flowers on the wall. The atmosphere inside was dismal, and it was a relief to leave the house.

A burnt-down gazebo.

Another newer house.

Inside: all kinds of junk from the past five decades.

Possibly a broken tv? (Does anyone here know for sure?)

Date: 2010-12-09 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] amethystfirefly
Wow. Some of those are really, really creepy. (The sleeping one in particular.)

Date: 2010-12-09 09:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bell
These are really intriguing. Thanks for sharing. ♥

Date: 2010-12-15 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] maid_ov_metal
All kinds of junk from the past five decades: weird, it has rather an artistic arrangement to it.

Thanks for sharing. There was a ridiculous amount of urban decay in Malta (which I photographed), but nothing so dilipidated and it's cool to see inside these places too, though yes, creepy.


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