Decades of Decay Damage Dutch Dwellings

May 5th, 2013 · 11 Comments

Urban scenery is the focus of Dutch photographer Niki Feijen’s work.  Her collection of photos of abandoned homes, farms, and buildings in The Netherlands is fascinating.
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Look what time has done.


The roof collapsed in this home.


A snapshot in time.


Many homes were simply abandoned with furniture and belongings still in place.


Time removed most of the wallpaper.


Mold & mildew on the ceiling.


Wild wallpaper.


Tags: Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Drywall Damage · Fixer-Upper · Mold & Mildew · Other International Cities · Wallpaper · Water Damage

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Classof65 // May 5, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Are people still living here? I know you said the houses were abandoned, but they look as though someone just stepped out for a pack of cigarettes. What happens to the furniture? A few of the pieces look as though they could be restored… Any idea why the people all left?

  • 2 Melissa // May 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Makes me sick to see all that beautiful furniture rotting away. Hopefully someone will salvage it, and I also wonder why they were just abandoned like that.

  • 3 Parnassus // May 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I would imagine these are posed to a certain extent. There is a little too much shoes-under-the-bed, jacket-hanging-up, table-is-set to be probable–how many people just walk out like that, and none of these have been vandalized. Either way, these are impressive and evocative pictures.

  • 4 Murphy // May 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    These photos are beautiful in their creepiness

  • 5 Wendy // May 6, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Reminds me of The World Without Us. It’s amazing how quickly things deteriorate without maintenance.

  • 6 maria // May 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

    The boiserie panels in the second photo are magnificent. So is the marble fireplace.
    No doubt, this was one beautiful home once upon a time, probably during the 18th century. Why oh why did they let it go?

  • 7 Niki // May 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Niki is a man.

  • 8 hollis // May 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    These are some of the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen. This house is old and is creepy, but there is something amazing about it…

  • 9 Sharon M // May 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    A LiveJournal community called Abandoned Places that features places similar to this.
    Hospitals, prisons, amusement parks, motels, homes. Haunting!

  • 10 Hollis // May 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I looked up more of Niki Feijen’s photos and found more of them on Flickr… They are absolutely breathtaking!

  • 11 Jinx // May 22, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Most of the great abandoned places like this – which can be found all over Europe, were casualties of WWII. Everything changed after WWII; the aristocracies largely lost their money, homes, estates, castles were either abandoned, or still owned but left to rot. There was no money. A very few, like the apartment in Paris that was discovered last year, were just closed up, with the owners never to return after moving to another country. Some owners and even entire families were killed in the war.

    But mostly, it was the economic hardship.

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