Photography project captures life in the city’s public spaces before and after the Recession.
In 1950, nearly 1,850,000 people lived in Detroit. By 2010, this number dwindled down to 713,000. Detroiturbex is a photography website that explores and catalogs the abandoned buildings of Detroit, among them schools, churches, the downtown area, and parks.
The site asks ‘what happened to Detroit?’. While most of the website consists of photos reflecting the existing conditions, a feature documenting the Lewis Cass Technical High School caught our attention. The photo project splices images onto the interior and exteriors of buildings, showing the former life of the buildings and providing a poignant visual clue to what caused the city’s downfall. Cass Tech was a school that flourished from 1917 to 2005 and now sits decaying. Take a look at the gallery below.
Visit Detroiturbex to see the rest of the photography project.
We also recommend that you take a look at an interactive map of Cass Tech the Detroiturbex team developed using Google Sketchup Pro. It provides a detailed breakdown of the building’s floor plans and how the recession has impacted it.