Eminem’s beloved teenage home in Detroit, which he featured on two album covers, was demolished today after someone intentionally set the rapper’s second-floor bedroom on fire earlier this month.
The nondescript bungalow at 19946 Dresden is where Eminem began to get noticed as a legitimate white hip hop artist.
While living at his Dresden home, Marshall Mathers built a reputation as a gifted rhymer at open-mike contests and small clubs. His mom said her son spent countless hours in his second-floor bedroom accumulating piles of notebooks filled with lyrics.
Although she continued to send Eminem to Lincoln High in Warren, Eminem gravitated toward black clubs and hangouts. While skipping school and handing out flyers at Osborn High in Detroit, Eminem met a young rapper named Proof. They’d become best friends before Proof’s untimely death in 2006.
“He wanted to be part of the landscape, part of the environment. I think it was just him assimilating,” his manager Paul Rosenberg told the Los Angeles Times.
In the mid-1990s, Eminem’s mom decided it was time to move after a neighbor’s house was firebombed.
“I couldn’t sell the house,” Nelson wrote. “The area was going downhill.”
Nelson eventually rented out the house, which has changed owners more than a dozen times since.
Before the fire, the 767-square-foot bungalow was selling for $32,885.
Most of the houses on the block are either burned out or falling apart.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.