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Haunting and Beautiful Before and After Pictures of Detroit

Ironically, Detroit once was the most populous city in Michigan, with approximately 1.8 million people and the highest per capita income in the United States.

Detroit now is sad, rotting hellhole of less than 700 000 people that the rest of the world made jokes about.

On July 18, 2013, Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy and was the largest bankruptcy filing in the U.S.A history with a debt of $18–20 billion, exceeding Jefferson County, Alabama’s $4 billion filing in 2011.

Bellow you can see haunting images of before and after and read interesting facts about the lost city.

Book-Cadillac Hotel

The Book Cadillac built in 1924 was the premiere hotel in Detorit. The hotel undergo a numerous renovations in 1960’s and 80’s when finally in 1984 was closed.

However in 2006 the hotel was re open with a renovation of $190 million  and today again is the top hotel in Detroit Area.

Brush Park, 1881 and 2013

Brush Park was once a hot spot to Detroit’s wealthy elite, neighborhood of Victorian home covering over 20 blocks.

Today a sad number of only 70 of the original 300 homes remain in the neighborhood.

Chalmers Motor Company.

Chalmers was a popular auto brand located in Detroit and famous for the low price cars.

The factory was infamously demolished in 1991.

Collingwood and Hamilton.


Dequindre Cut Greenway

Detroit Fire Engine Company 22, 1892 and 2012

Detroit Hope Hospital ICU,


Eastown Theater, 1930 and 2013


Fort Shelby Hotel Ballroom.

The Fort Shelby Hotel built in 1916 had an amazing grand ballroom and was a host to countless concerts, gala events, wedding until it was shut down in 1974.

In 2007 the Hilton chain bought the hotel and renovated it extensively, today Shelby again is hosting weddings and events.

Harper Theater, 1941 and 2013.

The Harper Theater had his first premiere in 1939 on Harper Avenue, Detroit. After 1973 the once renewed home of the theather became a venue for heavy metal concerts and its name was changed to Harpo’s.


Highland Park Community College, 1985 and 2012.

Jefferson Avenue and Conner, 1949-2010.

Jefferson Avenue was once home to some of Detroit’s most important industrial plants.

The shut down of many of these plants  in the 1960’s had awful impact  on the neighborhoods nearby, leading to a mass exodus of residents to the suburbs.

John S. Gray Library, Children’s Room

Michigan Central Station, 1975 and 2008.


Old Poletown, St. Aubin & Canfield.



Orchestra Hall Main Floor and Balcony, 1970 and 2013

Packard Assembly Line

In recent years the iconic bridge over Grand Boulevard has become structurally insecure as scrappers rip out the metal support beams and roof.

Packard Motor Car Company.


Packard Plant North, 1930

Sanctuary, St. Agnes Catholic Church. St. Agnes

Side Altar, St. Agnes Catholic Church

The Grande Ballroom

Westminster and Goodwin Streets

Woodward Avenue Businesses, 1915 and 2013.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News