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Scott’s House

The former home of Scott Alan Bauer, near Elkridge, Maryland“Scott’s House” is an abandoned two-story wood-framed house in a wooded area near Elkridge, Maryland.  Based on materials found inside the house, this was once the home of the family of Scott Alan Bauer, an outdoorsman and automotive enthusiast.  As far as I can tell, the Bauers left the house in late 2002, and never looked back.  I was unable to determine the reason that the Bauers left the house, nor was I able to determine why they left all of their belongings behind in their departure.

Since the Bauers departed, the house has been left to nature.  This house will most likely never be lived in again, as deterioration from lack of maintenance, as well as damage from a tree that fell on the house at some point between 2010 and 2014, have likely rendered this structure beyond economic repair.  In the years since the house’s abandonment, the house has been visited by urban explorers, some of whom merely explored the house, and others who left their own mark through graffiti and vandalism, as many items had clearly been moved in the years since the Bauers left the house.

This photo set, made on March 17, 2016, contains a few firsts for me.  This was my first real foray into urban exploration, following more casual exploration of abandoned sites in Virginia at Rockfish Gap and Lorton.  In addition, this was my first operational photo shoot following two camera equipment upgrades that occurred in quick succession in early 2016, with a Nikon D5300 SLR and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 making their photo set debut here.

The house's east side, viewed from the driveway The house's south side, viewed from the driveway
The house's northeast corner
A refrigerated retail display case, approximately 100 feet east of the house, near the edge of the property A refrigerated retail display case, approximately 100 feet east of the house, near the edge of the property
A refrigerated retail display case, approximately 100 feet east of the house, near the edge of the property
Rusted Sears Craftsman LT1036 lawnmower, in the yard north of the house Rusted Sears Craftsman LT1036 lawnmower, in the yard north of the house
Rusted Sears Craftsman LT1036 lawnmower, in the yard north of the house
Fisher Studio-Standard television, discarded and broken on the ground in front of the house Fisher Studio-Standard television, discarded and broken on the ground in front of the house
Fisher Studio-Standard television, discarded and broken on the ground in front of the house
Remington "Quiet Riter" typewriter on the ground in front of the house Remington "Quiet Riter" typewriter on the ground in front of the house
Remington "Quiet Riter" typewriter on the ground in front of the house
Living room, with a weightlifting bench in the center of the space Rusted Kodiak wood-burning stove at the south end of the living room
Various outdoor-themed magazines and catalogs, as well as automotive-themed hats, in the southwest corner of the living room
Light fixture in the living room, covered with some sort of growth Graffiti in the living room, on and adjacent to the front door
Graffiti in the living room's southwest corner
Remains of a ceiling fan in the family room Family room, containing a broken out television set, as well as couches, now in disarray
A painting of some sort near the back of the family room
Videocassettes for Star Trek III, K-9, and The Karate Kid "WE ARE NOT SAFE HERE!" graffiti
Graffiti in the southeast bedroom on the second floor
Two photos of a deer, framed together, on a desk in the southeast bedroom, which was used as an office Various items on top of a large desk in the southeast bedroom, which was used as an office
Various items, including a copy of "G. I. Jane", on top of a large desk in the southeast bedroom
Insulation hanging down through a hole in the ceiling of the southwest bedroom Various items on top of a large desk in the southeast bedroom, which was used as an office
Various items on top of a large desk in the southeast bedroom, which was used as an office
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration registration renewal notice for a 1989 Ford F-350 truck Steno pad containing names and phone numbers
Statement from the Howard County Department of Social Services showing a balance of $666.55 in owed child support payments
Photograph showing an older woman holding an infant, taken in the family room Photograph of a baby holding a red plastic ring
Photograph of a baby in a seat, taken in the family room
Photograph of a child eating at McDonald's, taken during the mid-to-late 1980s Photograph of a house
Child laying on the floor, most likely in the family room
Light fixture in the north bedroom Remains of a smoke alarm on the second floor, above the stairs
Light switches in the second floor hallway, at the top of the stairs
Stairs, viewed from approximately halfway up Master bedroom, in the southwest corner of the house. This room was significantly damaged by a tree that fell on the house some time between 2010 and 2014.
Stairs, viewed from approximately halfway up
Dishwasher, missing its door Frigidaire electric range
Emerson microwave oven
Package of lemon Jell-O gelatin on top of the stove An opened container of McCormick whole cloves on a countertop
Bottle of NyQuil on a kitchen counter
Front porch, facing approximately south Front porch, facing approximately north
Front door, with "KEEP OUT" written on it in spray paint
The house's east side, viewed from the driveway The house's north and east sides, viewed from the driveway
The house's south and east sides, viewed from the driveway
The house's south and west sides, viewed from the driveway. Note the tree that has fallen onto the house. The house's south and east sides, viewed from the driveway
The house's south side, viewed from the driveway

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