Vines highlight how a once-beautiful stadium lay in ruins, awaiting demolition. Baseball had been played on the site since 1896… five years before the Tigers or the American League existed. In 1999, the last Tigers game was played in old Tiger Stadium as the team moved to Comerica Park. I attended that final season and […]
The grand symbol of Detroit’s urban decay, Michigan Central Depot opened its doors almost 100 years ago. Closed for years, no other Detroit ruin can quite match it for shear magnificence. It was the tallest and busiest train station in the United States when it opened December 16, 1913. On Michigan Avenue between Corktown and […]
Lee Plaza is a beautiful art deco building in Detroit. Constructed in 1929, the 15 story hotel is on the National Register of Historic Sites. Since the early 1990s, all of the artwork, wiring, fixtures and valuable material has been removed illegally by scavengers… except for this grand piano which was built into the ballroom […]
“The Corner!” The Detroit Tigers called Michigan & Trumbull home from 1896 to 1999. I attended two games in its final season and it is now gone… a grass field surrounded by chain link fence.. 10-25-06
The city was lit up beautifully as she hosted the 2006 World Series. Some adventurous friends joined me on a climb of a downtown abandoned hotel to capture the spirit of Detroit.
For days, I had wanted to catch the ice blowing over from Canada to the Michigan shoreline. When I saw that the expected high temperature was 65 degrees, I knew that this was my last chance; I took the day off work, packed my photo gear and set my alarm for 4:00am. The sheets of […]