Posted on November 5, 2009
…………One of the places that we really wanted to see while in Detroit was the Lee Plaza Hotel. The 15 story high rise building used to be a very fancy apartment complex with hotel amenities, and with its great views no doubt catered to the high class back when Detroit was thriving.
It is safe to say that the area surrounding the hotel is not as nice as it used to be. The hotel is blocked off by a chain link fence with barbed wire though we were able to find an opening around the back. From there, the only way inside was down.
Once inside, we spent hours walking the wind swept hallways and looking at what years of abandonment can do to what once was a beautiful place to be. Each room was damaged beyond belief, with huge holes taken out of the concrete walls and graffiti everywhere.
Moss grew on the floor of a room on the penthouse level.
In the next room, a chair sat half way out a window.
On the way down the back staircase we came across a floor where many belongings had been left and probably rummaged through for years. It was extremely dark and dank. A synthetic rose was left on the ground.
Posted on November 3, 2009
By now many of us are aware of the hard times facing the people and buildings that occupy Detroit, Michigan. This past weekend a few of my photographer friends and I drove to Detroit to see for ourselves. Although we had done some research and seen photographs others had taken from the area, I am not sure we were expecting to see just how bad the situation really is.
One of the main reasons for being there last weekend was something called “Devils Night” which has been appropriately renamed “Angels Night”. During the nights leading up to Halloween it is common that many of the abandoned (and occupied) houses are set on fire. This is something that has been happening there since the 80’s, however this year there were very few fires due to strong community support and neighborhood foot patrols.
We spent our days urban exploring in abandoned buildings all over Detroit, and nights following fire trucks.
We were able to gain access to Michigan Cenral Station , the Lee Plaza Hotel, Highland Park Police/Fire/Court complex, and an abandoned project which read, W.P. Chrysler.
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