Beaten down 

Abandoned Shelter of the Week

The weatherbeaten American flag hanging limply from the flagpole beside 1300 18th Street bears testament to the home’s present state of duress. Built in 1885, the careful woodwork and scalloped trim suggest the large colonial might have once been quite a looker — a vision in cream with delicate accents of pale blue and mauve. Today, though, the windows are boarded up and a walk around back reveals the violent ruins of a fire that broke out in late May. “The house is a good house,” says a neighbor, noting that the two structures across the street were built in 2000 to replicate the colonial’s quaint features.

Editor’s note: If you know of an abandoned home you would like to see featured in this spot, send a photo and pertinent information to News Hits, c/o Metro Times, 733 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48226 (or e-mail newshits@metrotimes.com).

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