Ben Marcin // Last House Standing // La Ultima Casa En Pie

  Baltimore, MD   ​​

One of the architectural quirks of certain cities on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. is the solo row house. Standing alone, in some of the worst neighborhoods, these nineteenth century structures were once attached to similar row houses that made up entire city blocks. Time and major demographic changes have resulted in the decay and demolition of many such blocks of row houses. Occasionally, one house is spared – literally cut off from its neighbors and left to the elements with whatever time it has left.

My interest in these solitary buildings is not only in their ghostly beauty but in their odd, almost defiant, placement in the urban landscape. Often three stories high, they were clearly not designed to stand alone like this. Many details that might not be noticed in a homogenous row of twenty attached row houses become apparent when everything else has been torn down. And then there’s the lingering question of why a single row house was allowed to remain upright. Still retaining traces of its former glory, the last house standing is often still occupied.



Baltimore, Filadelfia y Candem. tres de las ciudades más castigadas por la crisis económica e inmobiliaria que ha vivido EEUU en los últimos años han servido de inspiración para el fotógrafo Ben Marcin y su proyecto “The Last House Standing” (La Ultima Casa En Pie, en inglés) un retrato de los profundos cambios demográficos y arquitectónicos que han sufrido estas localidades de la costa este, sobre todo en sus barrios más deprimidos

Marcin y su cámara son testigos de cómo algunas viviendas centenarias, la mayoría construidas a finales del siglo XIX, han conseguido sobrevivir a su destino, el derribo.  cercenadas y aisladas del resto de las viviendas, estas casas solitarias únicamente siguen en pie porque la mayoría aún están ocupadas


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