Looking at images of an abandoned doctor’s house in Germany taken by photographer Daniel Marbaix prompts curiosity similar to that evoked by great historical sites.
Who were these people? Why did they leave in such a hurry? What happened here?
The once-grand house is badly dilapidated but its rooms still boast gorgeous fixtures and items inexplicably abandoned, suggesting a sudden flight from the home by its occupants.
It’s the sheer amount of items remaining in the home that shed a little light on who the occupants were.
Coats hang on hooks, their colors still bright and handbags of polished leather look ready to be slung over a woman’s shoulder.
The most eerie sight of the house, and how it got its name, is the physician’s exam room, complete with instruments and slices of kidney set between glass, ready to be examined.
Daniel Marbaix has a fascination with urban decay and the places abandoned during civilization’s relentless march.
He says little is known about the home, but he says the home has been abandoned for at least 20 years.
It looks like most of the family were killed in a car accident (found head stones for them in the house) and the lady of the house died shortly after leaving everything behind from work stuff… to personal photos and kids paintings,’ he told Reddit readers.
The abandoned doctor’s house forms part of Marbaix’s book States of Decay which documents abandoned sites from all over Europe and North America.
Time for your check-up: The long-abandoned examination room of the physician who once owned this home.
The last waltz: Sheet music and a photograph sit on top of the piano which stands among the debris strewn about the floor
Unfinished symphony: Lacy and ruffled curtains remain open from the morning they were drawn it the piano room of the abandoned house
Drawing room: Ornate furniture and floral wallpaper adorn this room which perhaps once served as a refuge for the lady of the house
Leave a note: The house was abandoned in too much of a hurry for the owners to type a letter on this vintage typewriter
The bedroom: There are 60s dresses, hats, shoes and suitcases scattered around what was presumably the house’s master bedroom.
Not quite cosy: An old wood-burning stove with chopped firewood and a green velveteen sofa with what look like liquor bottles are some of the few items in this large room with its windows boarded up
History: Wallpaper peels in this room, possibly the kitchen, which still has canisters for dry goods, an old copper kettle and a large porcelain jug
Rockabye baby: A pram with a creepy-looking doll sits in one of the rooms – perhaps once the possessions of a child who grew up in the physician’s home
Office space: Hand-written notes, photographs and bookshelves stuffed with books as well as an elaborate microscope and a guitar with broken strings occupy a room that could have been the doctor’s office
Portrait of a gentleman: This picture leans against an upstairs window while an elaborate Christmas-themed carousel that hasn’t spun in many years sits nearby
Horror movie: A ready-made film set exists in the form of the physician’s exam room complete with white lab coat and scary metal instruments
Case study: A doctor’s bag is stuffed with books and others lie scattered about the room, which also appears to have a British Union Jack flag handing off the back of a chair
Clues: Everywhere evidence of the people who left this house lie waiting from black and white photographs to religious paraphernalia
The reader: The house’s library has shelves still stuffed with books and a comfy-looking seat in which the doctor may have read anatomy books in his spare time
Slide show: Slivers of kidney are sandwiched between glass in the doctor’s exam rooms, with X-rays and other unsettling items