These Books Deserve A Loving Home

The Guardian Observer has published a series of sad and in many cases sadly beautiful photographs of abandoned buildings in Detroit.
One of the saddest is this,

The Detroit East Side Public Library in Decay

It’s of part of the now abandoned East Side Public Library. There’s an equally sad picture of the St Christopher House Public Library.
Take a look at the whole set. Like I said, the pictures are both sad and sadly beautiful. From an archaeological standpoint, many of them are also abnormally interesting. Each one shows the decay of structural and installation in the early stages.
The photographs are the work of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.
Via Aardvarchaeology

3 thoughts on “These Books Deserve A Loving Home”

  1. The one time I visited Detroit I found it to be a surreal mixture of new buildings and abandoned buildings.

  2. Very sad. Some architectural gems, too. Makes me want to run to those libraries and see what can be salvaged. I bet there are some rare books there, too. People donated family libraries. (I found the 1717 first edition of Pope’s “Eloisa to Abelard” on the circulation shelves at Hayden. Some nitwit had it rebound instead of putting it in for conservation. I turned it in to rare books.)
    One thing, how the heck do you turn a concert grand piano on its side. It’s heavy!!!

  3. It’s all good. In the New Economy, we won’t need books… or knowledge… or thinking. Thinking only leads to anger and rebellion anyway. If we can just strive to be happy and ignorant, everything will be okay, just like this decaying library here. Erh…

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