Stunning Photos of Abandoned Mid-Century Modern Homes


The Swedish photographer Mikael Olsson has been visiting two abandoned summer homes designed by architect Bruno Matthson for the past decade, documenting the condition of the houses over time to preserve what may be lost or forgotten when new tenants move in and inevitably repair what’s been left to deteriorate. Steidl Verlag recently published Södrakull Frösakull , a stunning monograph of Olsson’s project, that’s as much an homage to the lesser known Swedish designer as it is a comment about the importance of preservation.

It’s hard to say what’s so intriguing about decaying, deserted spaces, but admittedly, we’re hooked on abandoned architecture, from Olympic ruins and video stores to train stations and record shops. Click through to visit some of the most beautiful — but eerily empty! — mid-century modern homes we could find. Is it just us, or can you feel the ghost of Don Draper?

Summer House by Bruno Matthson – Frösakull, Sweden

Image credit: Mikael Olsson via Galerie NORDENHAKE

Summer House 2 by Bruno Matthson – Södrakull, Sweden

Image credit: Mikael Olsson via designboom

The Twitchell House by Paul Rudolph – Siesta Key, Florida

Image credit: Chris Mottalini

The Cerrito House by Paul Rudolph – Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Image credit: Chris Mottalini

The Michaels House by Paul Rudolph – Westport, Connecticut

Image credit: Chris Mottalini

Turkel House by Frank Lloyd Wright – Detroit, Michigan

Image credit: Peter Beers

Update: Current owner Norman Silk emails us that he purchased the house in 2006, and it has been completely updated since.

Villa House by Knud Blach Petersen & Herbert Jensen – Aarhus, Denmark

Images credit: Julian Weyer

Besser Vibrapac – Atlanta, Georgia

Image credit: The Mover