Detroit October 04, 2017
These 9 Abandoned Places In Detroit Are Absolutely Haunting
Detroit is well known for its urban blight, and the numerous abandoned buildings in the city can make areas feel like a ghost town. Some of these places that have been shunned and vacated can seem haunting, to say the least, but we can’t forget that many of them also hold significant history. So take a look at these 9 abandoned places in Detroit that remind us of our city’s past and the eerie feelings they leave us with.
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1. Packard Automotive Plant
Opened in 1903 and designed by well-known architect Albert Kahn, the Packard Automotive Plant was considered a modern wonder of industry in the 20th century. Today, the 3.5 million square foot plant is a photographer’s paradise.
2. Belle Isle Zoo
The Belle Isle Zoo was opened in 1895 and once had about 150 different animals, including polar bears, kangaroos and elephants. It was closed in 2002 when then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick decided to save some cash and shut it down. Now the area is quiet, left totally abandoned and feels like an ancient jungle.
3. Fisher Body Plant 21
The Fisher Body Plant 21 is just one of the many abandoned automobile plants in Detroit. The glass and concrete building was built in 1919 by Albert Kahn and shut down in 1984. Now it sits vacant with windows smashed and graffiti sprawled all along the structure, making it seem super spooky.
4.Michigan Central Station
Michigan Central Station is among the most famous abandoned places in Detroit. The old train station has been beat up and has fell victim to vandals, with windows smashed and spray-painted walls. The station's future is still uncertain, but it has seen some renovations and what once was a symbol of Detroit's decline has become a glowing reflection of it's regrowth.
5. Michigan Theatre
This historic movie palace is attached to the Michigan Building. In its heyday it hosted legends like Frank Sinatra and the Marx Brothers. Unlike other buildings in Detroit that have been left vacant, the once beautiful theatre has become a parking lot. There are plans to renovate the space, but it's unsure what it will become.
6. St. Agnes Catholic Church
This grand church in Detroit closed its doors in 2006 due to financial troubles and is considered one of the most well known abandoned churches in the city. It is hauntingly beautiful to say the least.
7. Vanity Ballroom
This Art Deco structure was once a popular place for Detroiters to dance the night away. However, after trying to resurrect it multiple times, it closed for good and remains the last intact ballroom of Detroit's great dance halls of the big band era of the 30's and 40's. While it continues to crumble, its unique Aztec features are still intact.
8. Wooward Avenue Presbyterian Church
This stunning church is one of Detroit's most architecturally significant buildings, but sadly it remains hauntingly abandoned. Architect Sidney Badgley built it in 1911 in the Gothic revival style. Today, the church is a beauty to look at, but it's interior is crumbling.
9. Abandoned House on Eliot St. near Brush St. in Detroit.
There are a number of abandoned homes in Detroit. This one, like many others, can give anyone the chills. Now that Detroit is making a comeback, we'll start seeing many of these haunting homes brought back to life again.
Are there any of abandoned places in Detroit worthy of a mention? Let us know in the comment section below!
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