Detroit in Ruins

Above: The ruined Spanish-Gothic interior of the United Artists Theater in Detroit. The cinema was built in 1928 by C Howard Crane, and finally closed in 1974.


“Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre’s extraordinary photographs documenting the dramatic decline of a major American city”

- Observer


Above: East Methodist Church

Above: Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church, built in the Gothic revival style in 1911

Above: East Side Public Library

Above: Light Court, Farwell Building

Above: Michigan Central Station

Above: Dentist Cabinet, Broderick Tower

Above: “Offices, Highland Park Police Station

Above: The biology classroom at George W Ferris School in the Detroit suburb of Highland Park

Above: St Christopher House, ex-Public Library

Above: 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

Above: Michigan Theatre

Above: View of Woodward Avenue from the Broderick Tower

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

Above: William Livingstone House, Brush Park, a French Renaissance-style house designed by Albert Kahn in 1893 and demolished since this photograph was taken

Above: Waiting hall, Michigan Central Station


Thank you to Simon Fielding.