42 Staggering Photos Of Abandoned Detroit Buildings

Published September 20, 2013
Updated November 7, 2023

The Motor City has officially run out of gas. And as evidenced by these photos, it was not just industry that abandoned Detroit; it was its livelihood.

As of July 18, 2013, the Motor City officially ran out of gas. Filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Detroit’s debts–a whopping $18 to $20 billion–represent the largest municipal filing for bankruptcy in United States history. And as its solvency has gone down the drain, so too has its population.

In 1950, the burgeoning industrial city was home to nearly two million Americans. But today, as Detroit’s population has dwindled to a mere 700,000, the only boom Detroit has seen rests in the number of abandoned buildings popping up within city limits.

As evidenced by the following photos of abandoned Detroit, those remaining might have a hard time forging optimism about the future when constantly surrounded by brick laid ghosts:

Detroit People Burning Building

Detroit Plant
Source: Flickr

Abandoned Detroit High School

Abandoned Detroit Street Corner
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Warehouse Floor
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Detroit Home Next To Building

Detroit Window Skyline
Source: Z Fein

Abandoned Detroit Armory

Barbed Wire Building
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Abandoned Detroit Town Theater

Detroit Church

Detroit Club

Abandoned Detroit Crumbling Houses
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Decaying Homes Detroit
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Decrepit Neighborhood Detroit
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Abandoned Detroit Gym

Detroit Harbor
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Detroit Hole In Wall
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Abandoned Detroit Hospital

Detroit Library

Packard Plant In Detroit

Abandoned Detroit Roofless House
Source: Agonistica

School Hall

Abandoned Detroit Slide
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Detroit Standing Water
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Stereotype Graffiti
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If you enjoyed this fascinating tour of abandoned Detroit, be sure to see our galleries on 1960s Afghanistan and beautiful abandoned photographs!

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
Cite This Article
Cox, Savannah. "42 Staggering Photos Of Abandoned Detroit Buildings." AllThatsInteresting.com, September 20, 2013, https://allthatsinteresting.com/abandoned-detroit-photos. Accessed April 21, 2024.