Monday, April 11, 2011

The Decline of an American City

Up and down Detroit’s streets, buildings stand abandoned and in ruin. French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre set out to document the decline of an American city. Their book “The Ruins of Detroit“, a document of decaying buildings frozen in time, was published in December 2010.

The ballroom of the 15-floor art-deco Lee Plaza Hotel, 
an apartment building with hotel services built in 1929 and derelict since the early 1990s.

Detroit's Vanity Ballroom with its unsalvaged art deco chandeliers. 
Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey once played here.

United Artists Theater

William Livingstone House

 East Side Public Library

 Michigan Theatre

 Luben Apartments


  1. Astounding and tragic photos. Thanks for posting.

  2. I've heard that many young hipsters are snapping up properties all over detroit, change is coming.