city of despair: city of transition

Detroit is a city that has passed it’s twilight years.  But that doesn’t mean it should succumb to its fate.  Many like to hope and think it is simply a city in transition.  One that will find its grounding again with time.  And effort. And support from those who care.  As much as I have read about the state of affairs way up North, the words on paper in no way had prepared me for the images on screen.  The following pictures are from the book “The Ruins of Detroit”  by French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre and can be found here at the Denver Post’s Blog.   The images are stunning and so many depict failing plaster in immediate need of repair in order to save the historic fabric of the building.  To lose the work and designs of the plasterers from the early 1900’s would be a travesty and I can only hope that Detroit serves as a city in a state of transition, not of one in a state of despair.

William Livingston House

Michigan Central Station

Atrium of Farwell Building: Plaster ceiling and walls in a state of disrepair

David Broderick Tower: 18th floor Dentist Office

Bagley-Clifford Office: National Bank of Detroit

David Whitney Building

United Artists Theatre: This one breaks my heart the most

American Hotel Ballroom: Already a huge portion of missing plaster, exposing the wood lath on the ceiling

Michigan Theatre

Ballroom on 15th floor of Lee Plaza Hotel: Built in 1929, empty since 1990s

East Methodist Church: different stages of deteriorating plaster

Michigan Central Station: Waiting Hall

Lee Plaza Hotel: Room 1504 depicting the failing ornamental plaster ceiling medallion

Fisher Body Plant