New Photo Book on Abandoned Buildings


Now and then I blog about abandoned tree houses. But of course, real large houses are even more fascinating in their extended boundary state between dwelling and archaeological site (as I wrote about in January ’06).

I recently read a new book (in Swedish) about abandoned houses: Svenska ödehus, finely written by Sven Olov Karlsson and illustrated with exquisite photographs by Philip Pereira dos Reis. Every abandoned house has its story, and the two have sought them out. Highly recommended! Order it here.


  1. #1 Erin
    February 23, 2009

    Oh man I love this kind of stuff. Abandoned buildings, ghost towns, forgotten cemeteries, etc. Awesome!

  2. #2 Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife
    February 23, 2009

    There are many abandoned farmhouses in this area of northern Illinois. I have photographed many of them. It seems this is a worldwide phenomenon because I’ve received mail from Portugal, Australia and other places where rural homes are decaying under the elements. There is an eerie feeling when personal belongings such as children’s toys are found tossed among the ruins. Once I found a child’s wheelchair inside an abandoned barn. You have to wonder about the stories behind these places.

    – Suzanne, the Farmer’s Wife

  3. #3 Sven Olov Karlsson
    April 2, 2009

    Hej Martin,
    tack för att du blurbar så fint om min senaste bok Svenska ödehus!

    När min andra roman Amerikahuset kommer på pocket i maj, vill förlaget skicka recensionsex till väl valda bloggare, som du.

    Så jag undrar vilken postadress du har.


    SO Karlsson

  4. #4 Brett McGee
    March 20, 2012

    Hello. My name is Brett McGee. I would like to receive more information about the location of this house.

  5. #5 Martin R
    March 20, 2012

    Sorry, I haven’t got the book. I suggest you google Sven Olov Karlsson and ask him.

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