The Ruins Of Detroit

The Ruins Of Detroit by Marchand & Meffre
August 11, 2012

Michigan Central Station

“Detroit, industrial capital of the XXth Century, played a fundamental role shaping the modern world. The logic that created the city also destroyed it. Nowadays, unlike anywhere else, the city’s ruins are not isolated details in the urban environment. They have become a natural component of the landscape. Detroit presents all archetypal buildings of an American city in a state of mummification. Its splendid decaying monuments are, no less than the Pyramids of Egypt, the Coliseum of Rome, or the Acropolis in Athens, remnants of the passing of a great Empire.”

Woodward Avenue

Atrium, Farwell Building

18th floor dentist cabinet, David Broderick Tower

Donovan Building

David Whitney Building

Bagley-Clifford Office of the National Bank of Detroit

Metropolitan & Wurlitzer Buildings

United Artists Theater

Fort Shelby Hotel

Ballroom, American Hotel

William Livingstone House

Melted clock, Cass Technical High School

Former Unitarian Church

Piano, Saint Albertus School

East Methodist Church

Luben Apartments

Rich-Dex Apartments


Classroom, St Margaret Mary School

Biology classroom, Wilbur Wright High School

St Christopher House, ex-Public Library

Vanity Ballroom

Jane Cooper Elementary School, Spring 2008

Jane Cooper Elementary School, Spring 2009

Highland Park Police Station

Packard Motors Plant

Fisher Body 21 Plant

Room 1504, Lee Plaza Hotel

Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel

Packard Motors Plant

“The Ruins of Detroit” book, published by Steidl – Introductions by Robert Polidori and Thomas Sugrue
230 pages, 186 colour plates, 38 cm x 29 cm


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