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Lee Plaza, Detroit, Michigan
Historic and modern photos, HistoricDetroit.org

Talk about a come down.

From HistoricDetroit’s listing, which includes links to galleries of both historic and recent (depressing) photos of the building:

It went from a towering symbol of wealth to a towering symbol of Detroit’s decay.

Built for the city’s rich and powerful, the Lee Plaza still stands today, ravaged by the city’s poor and destitute. Like the Michigan Central Station, it is a gut-wrenching reminder of how far the city has fallen from its preposterously prosperous past. The Art Deco landmark also is the site of one of the city’s most notorious architectural heists….

…[Ralph T. Lee]’s crowning achievement began in 1927, when he set out to bring a piece of Manhattan to the Motor City. When Lee “made his first trip to New York, he saw many things of wonder — but the thing that stuck in his mind most prominently was the mass of the great apartment houses which line up Fifth avenue, above Fifty-ninth street,” the Detroit News wrote in an April 17, 1927, article. “He conceived the idea that ‘someday’ he would like to build and own such an apartment in his home town — Detroit.”

On May 1, ground was broken on the Art Deco masterpiece that would rise above the stately elms of West Grand Boulevard at Lawton Avenue. Lee tapped architect Charles Noble, who would design the Kean Apartments on the east side a few years later, to come up with his 17-story modern marvel. The price tag would be $2.5 million — a whopping $31 million today. The Lee opened on Dec. 1, 1927…

…Even staunch preservationists doubt the Lee can be saved. Besides the millions that would be required to undo what the city’s negligence had allowed to happen, the Lee is located in an undesirable part of the city surrounded by blight and poverty. On top of that, between the roof being stolen, the gaping holes left in its exterior from the stolen lions and every window in the place being ripped out, the Lee could be structurally unsound. The water that infiltrated through the holes not only expands when it freezes, pulling the brick away from the building, but also destroys the shelf angle that holds the masonry to the steel frame. The shelf angle supports and transfers the dead load of the brick back to the building frame. Without it, the brick could collapse. Replacing the shelf angles would add major, if not project-killing, costs to any restoration of the Lee.

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U.S. Post Office, Gary, Indianaby David Tribby
I try not to post too many urban decay pics here (and there’s a lot of out there) but this photographer has some great documentary type shots. Also  if you search for pics of Art Deco Gary, this sort of thing is actually well-preserved as far as things go.
From Flickr:
U.S. Post Office

architect: Howard Cheneystyle: Art Decobuilt: 1936

G… Gary

U.S. Post Office, Gary, Indiana
by David Tribby

I try not to post too many urban decay pics here (and there’s a lot of out there) but this photographer has some great documentary type shots. Also  if you search for pics of Art Deco Gary, this sort of thing is actually well-preserved as far as things go.

From Flickr:

U.S. Post Office

architect: Howard Cheney
style: Art Deco
built: 1936

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Abandoned Hotels, Various Locations, England
from www.abandoned-britain.com

I must explore the web site that’s the source for this!

richardbullows:

www.abandoned-britain.com

I thought I’d give this website a mention, it’s great…
The website documents very sad photo’s of once successful and thriving institutions, mighty Victorian mental asylums, factories, hospitals and once grand hotels from the hey-days of British seaside holidays,

I’d highly recomend having a browse of the great photographs on the site, they’re taken in a very creative stance and have a strong narrative and statement about them, it’s quite reassuring to know that even though these fantastic buildings have been let down that somebody cares enough to document and preserve what remains of their dignity before, inevitably, many of them are demolished or left to collapse.

Quote from the website:

‘Britain is a country dotted with the decaying ruins from its past. The face of the country has seen great changes moving away form its industrial past, towards a new and less certain future. The buildings and institutions that belong to another era have been left to rot, alone and forgotten.

From mental hospitals to massive mills I have been visiting some of Britain’s most Inspiring (and in some cases uninspiring) modern ruins. This website creates a record of places before their destruction, Creating a permanent archive of images.’

*I did request permission from the website owner about a month ago to use these photo’s on my blog but I never received a reply so until contested I shall continue to shed positive praise on his work

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Laredo Apartments, Detroit, Michiganfrom Roadside Architecture
A beautiful abandoned building in Detroit. Who would have thunk it? :( Another pic coming up.)
From the site:

The Laredo Apartments were built in the Moorish Deco style in the 1920s. This building has been abandoned for many years. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Laredo Apartments, Detroit, Michigan
from Roadside Architecture

A beautiful abandoned building in Detroit. Who would have thunk it? :( Another pic coming up.)

From the site:

The Laredo Apartments were built in the Moorish Deco style in the 1920s. This building has been abandoned for many years. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

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