Abandonment Issues: 12 Lonely, Stunning Staircases Found in Abandoned Mansions


Wednesday, January 21, 2015, by Rachel B. Doyle
old-glory-2__880.jpgAll photos by Christian Richter

Photographer Christian Richter grew up in the former East Germany. After the 2 sides of Germany reunited in 1991, many factories, public institutions, and residential buildings on the less wealthy eastern side, where he grew up, were abandoned and left to decay (it had been a socialist country, with no private ownership). 25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, there are still hundreds of atmospheric ruins dotted around the country, from sanitariums near Berlin to brightly painted (now peeling) municipal buildings near the Polish border. Richter’;s particular passion is staircases, and he has traveled all around Europe documenting the distinctive ways the ones in castles, châteaux and mansions have fallen into ruin.


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