abandoned hotel detroit
A study of several historically significant abandoned buildings in Detroit Michigan including historical material and recent interior and exterior photographs. Forgotten Detroit www.forgottendetroit.com . Detroit is known for one of the most stunning collections of pre-depression architecture in the world. The past two decades have seen several ...
Lee Plaza Hotel Created as a luxury residential hotel in 1928, the Lee Plaza consisted of 15 floors and 220 apartments, a lobby, dining rooms, lounges, and a ballroom. Despite being a masterpiece of Art Deco and Mediterranean design, the hotel began its decline as living in hotels became less fashionable.
Lee Plaza. Much of the city of Detroit is a dystopian wasteland of abandoned structures. According to the White House Blight Task Force, some 80,000 buildings sit empty in the city. One of the most magnificent and eerie is the Lee Plaza, a 15-story art deco behemoth built in 1929.
The Siren Hotel. Detroit may be down, but she’s not out. Over the last two years, the city’s seemingly abandoned downtown core has shown signs of serious revitalization.
Courtesy of Mike Boening via Flickr. Abandoned to the squatters, vandals, and urban adventurers of Detroit in the 1990s, the 15-story high-rise Lee Plaza Hotel is, on one hand, a monument to failure. However, given its classic art-deco architecture and imposing structure, it is also a monument to early 20th-century design, added to the United States National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
Abandoned to the squatters, vandals, and urban adventurers of Detroit in the 1990s, the 15-storey high-rise Lee Plaza Hotel is, on one hand, a monument to failure.
Abandoned Churches, Abandoned High Schools, Abandoned Hospitals, theaters, houses and luxury hotels. My first trip to Detroit was in April 2014 when I experienced a whirlwind day where we visited a cathedral, a former theater, a concert hall, a luxury hotel a recently abandoned church and a high school.
If this is a case of what goes around comes around, can we expect Detroit’s silent architectural masterpieces to awaken? Happily, there is precedent: The Book-Cadillac Hotel (above, with derelict United Artists Theatre building), abandoned and vandalised for 20 years, defied the odds to reopened as a Westin Hotel in 2008.
The Hotel Charlevoix was opened in 1905 and was one of the oldest hotels in Detroit. It was closed in the mid-80s and remained abandoned for a number of years before being eventually demolished.