Plumb Lines

April 29, 2009

Detroit: the First Art Deco Ruin

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Schaengold @ 12:28 pm

Detroit is one of the most beautiful American cities. It is also the world’s first Beaux Arts and Deco ruin, and its beauty as it falls to pieces testifies to the enduring excellence of these two styles. The idea that a style of building should be judged by the beauty of the ruins it leaves behind has a dubious history, to say the least, but the Nazis also liked organic vegetables, Jonah Goldberg tells us, so perhaps their architectural ideas weren’t all bad either.

Since the blogosphere seems to have a low-grade, persistent interest in Detroit as a city, a roundup of ruins-of-Detroit links:

-A stunning tour of the abandoned Michigan Central Station’s main facade (via Infrastructurist)

-A site dedicated to “Forgotten Detroit”

A nearly exhaustive tour of the city’s abandoned buildings

A photo essay from photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

-Another photo essay, from Time

-David Schaengold



  1. I’ve got to throw in with, a photo blog.

    Comment by William Randolph Brafford — April 29, 2009 @ 5:05 pm

  2. Great link. Thanks, William.

    Comment by David Schaengold — April 30, 2009 @ 7:55 am

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