Article originally from Denverpost.com Posted Feb 07, 2011
The Ruins of Detroit
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.
From the photographers’ website:
Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension.
The state of ruin is essentially a temporary situation that happens at some point, the volatile result of change of era and the fall of empires. This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time : being dismayed, or admire, making us wondering about the permanence of things.
Photography appeared to us as a modest way to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state.
1 William Livingstone House
2 Michigan Central Station
3 Woodward Avenue
4 Atrium, Farwell Building
5 18th floor dentist cabinet, David Broderick Tower
6 Bagley-Clifford Office of the National Bank of Detroit
7 David Whitney Building
8 United Artists Theater
9 Fort Shelby Hotel
10 Ballroom, American Hotel
11 Melted clock, Cass Technical High School
12 Donovan Building
13 Old First Unitarian Church
14 Piano, Saint Albertus School
15 Luben Apartments
16 Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church, built in the Gothic revival style in 1911
17 Rich-Dex Apartment
18 Classroom, St Margaret Mary School
19 Biology classroom, Wilbur Wright High School
20 St Christopher House, ex-Public Library
21 Fisher Body 21 Plant
22 Room 1504, Lee Plaza Hotel
23 Detroit’s Vanity Ballroom with its unsalvaged art deco chandeliers. Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey once played here.
24 Packard Motors Plant
25 Waiting hall, Michigan Central Station
26 East Methodist Church
27 East Side Public Library
28 Offices, Highland Park Police Station
29 Biology classroom at George W Ferris School in the Detroit suburb of Highland Park
30 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 1990’s
31 Michigan Theatre
32 Packard Motors Plant