Did You Know Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP House Was Demolished?
Eminem’s boyhood home in Detroit, that's featured on the album cover for his classic 2000 project Marshall Mathers LP, was damaged by fire on Nov. 7, 2013. Two weeks later it was demolished by the State of Michigan.
On Nov. 20, 2013, the two-story bungalow at 19946 Dresden on Detroit's east side was destroyed by construction crews along with a cleaning team that handled any leftover debris.
In a press release (via MLive), Michigan Land Bank, the state agency that owned the property, said the Em's home was "structurally unsafe" following the fire.
"The condition of the property post-fire presents a safety hazard that the Land Bank is responsible for removing," Michigan Land Bank director Kim Homan said in the statement. "The goal is to demolish and clean up the site, so neighborhood safety and order can be restored."
According to Senior Chief Jack Wiley, at the time, the Detroit Fire Department responded to a fire at 19946 Dresden Street. When the crews arrived, flames were blasting out of the second-floor window. Crews were able to extinguish the fire, but the top floor of the property was severely damaged.
Public records state that Deborah Mathers origially purchased the house in 1987 for $19,900. Em's childhood home was up for sale in September 2013. Michigan Land Bank put it up for auction with a minimum bid of $1. Although the bank received 120 requests about the property, they couldn't find a legit buyer.
Watch Eminem's childhood home get demolished below.
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