Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City's Majestic Ruins

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History Press, 2010 - Architecture - 172 pages
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Lost Detroit tells the stories behind 12 of the city's most beautiful, all-but-forgotten landmarks and of the people behind them, from the day they opened to the day they closed. While these buildings might stand as ghosts of the past today, their stories live on within these pages. The team behind BuildingsofDetroit.com brings you the memories of those who caught trains out of the majestic Michigan Central Station, necked with girlfriends in the balcony of the palatial Michigan Theatre, danced the night away at the Vanity Ballroom and kicked out the jams at the Grande Ballroom. As Detroit Free Press Architecture Critic John Gallagher said, the buildings in these pages held a central place in the story of Detroit's Auto Century. It was America's story, too. Detroiters lived, loved, toiled, played, celebrated and dreamed great dreams in these buildings and thereby helped shape a nation."

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User Review  - jwood652 - LibraryThing

This book highlights many of the awesome buildings in Detroit that are continuously deteriorating at the hands of scrappers, taggers and natural forces. The author's lnformative and compelling text ... Read full review

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Lost Detroit stands apart from other recent offerings in Detroit's ruin porn collection with it's "stories behind the motor city's majestic ruins." While the photos offer a beautiful and fascinating ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Dan Austin is a journalist at the Detroit Free Press and a historian of the city's landmarks. He began researching and writing about Detroit's architectural wonders in 2006. His first book, Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City's Majestic Ruins, "? tells the stories behind the boarded-up windows of Detroit's most spectacular abandoned buildings. He runs HistoricDetroit.org.

Photographer Sean Doerr has been documenting abandoned and neglected architecture around metro Detroit since the age of fourteen. In addition to being published in many publications, his work can be seen at www.snweb.org.

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