She’s a brick house 

Abandoned Shelter of the Week

This dwelling at 226 Hendrie caught the attention of the Abandoned Structure Squad (aka ASS) because of its rich red bricks. The color reminds ASS of the adobe, earth-toned homes found in Arizona or New Mexico.

The windows and front porch of this 1905 structure are in disrepair. A security light illuminates a side entrance. ASS was astonished to find the light working during a late night drive-by of the dwelling.

“I wish the owners would do whatever they are going to do with it,” says neighbor Mike Smyth. “If they want to remodel it, then remodel it.”

The two-story house sits just three blocks from the Detroit Institute of Arts. According to the city’s most recent records, the “true cash value” of the home in 2002 was $80,700. That is quite a jump from 2000, when the value was listed at $18,200, according to city records.

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