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Then-and-Now Photos of Abandoned Detroit School

To “raise awareness of the social and economic challenges the city of Detroit,” the folks at Detroiturbex decided to tell the story about an abandoned Lewis Cass Technical High School with the help of superimposed then-and-now photos. First, they photographed every room the old Detroit school, which was abandoned after a 2007 fire. Then they put the pictures of the buzzing life from the past on top of them.

These sad pictures are a mirror of today’s Detroit. The city has suffered tremendous population increases and then rapid declines. Today, Detroit is designed for 2 million people, however, less than 1/3 or ~ 700 thousands have remained in the city. The infrastructure, built at the time of the population boom, stands abandoned, run down and an easy target for arsonists.

Update: “the school wasn’t abandoned because of a fire in 2007. A brand new, state of the art, school was completed right next door in 2005-2006 and that’s why the building was abandoned. There was a fire in the empty building in 2007, but the building was torn down last year to make way for new athletic facilities.” (thank you Samantha for the info!)

Website: detroiturbex.com

School dance

A 1988 basketball game

One of several biology labs

Second floor hallway

The library, from a picture in an early 90′s yearbook

The arts mural on floor 3, 1988

Last day of school

First floor of the old auditorium

Dance hall in the new wing

Pep band makes their way through a crowd

Volleyball match

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  • http://www.facebook.com/chiloux Thorbjørn Chiloux Fessel via Facebook

    :(

  • Caspar Rohleder via Facebook

    Hvor er det fedt!

  • Jochen Grotepaß via Facebook

    I like the project and be impressed by the quality. What I don’t like is the reason such projects try to raise attention to this kind of reality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.tannehill Melissa Tannehill via Facebook

    Me too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaylee.m.cullen Kaylee Maxine Cullen via Facebook

    looks like a ghost school now

  • http://www.facebook.com/annette.zarb1 Annette Zarb via Facebook

    terrible

  • Erin

    A new multimillion dollar structure was built right next to it the old school and named the new Cass Tech…the old building was torn down last year. Nice pictures but a very misleading presentation.

  • Erica

    I really appreciate these photographs. My experience at Cass Tech was the best time of my life. However, I am slightly confused by the use of these pictures to help “raise awareness of the social and economic challenges of Detroit.” This building is no longer abandoned, it has not been standing for over a year now. I stood outside of it and watched as it was being torn down. It was not “abandoned” because the city is poor, but rather, because the administration wanted to create an even better school for us to attend. $93,500,000.00 was spent building a brand new, state of the art building right next door, and the building in the pictures was eventually torn down. As someone who attended both the old and new Cass Tech, I can definitely say that the new building was a great investment and shows progress for the city of Detroit.

  • Samantha

    But, the school wasn’t abandoned because of a fire in 2007. A brand new, state of the art, school was completed right next door in 2005-2006 and that’s why the building was abandoned. There was a fire in the empty building in 2007, but the building was torn down last year to make way for new athletic facilities. The pictures are hauntingly beautiful, but the real story of the school is much more impressive then the typical “ruin porn” dialogue you’ve got going here.

  • http://twitter.com/chelsyviely Chelsea Pasay

    This is just sad, a place filled with memories good or bad should not be abandoned like this. Schools build up a persons personality and perspective we schould respect and cherish it.

  • Jimi

    Where is this school. I know in Detroit, but where in?

  • http://www.facebook.com/MasterOfDisasterChildOfChaos Lakium Tillz

    Someone should try to track down the people in the pics.

  • adam lockwood

    cool, the pictures of what it is now UNDER Tthe pictures of the old version is cool…

  • Vincent Lenfantin

    These are really soul-taking photos. However, as a Frenchman, the first thing that strikes me is that there are only black people on the pics (except for the staff, surprisingly).
    I thought that segregation was over in the states. It makes me think about this beautiful movie “The great debaters”.
    So not much has changed concerning colour mixing since the 30′s… It’s a bit sad. But it’s only my point of view, and it’s only one example.

    • Anonymous

      Vincent, Cass Tech was in a predominantly African-American part of Detroit. That’s why you see a lot of African-American students in the pictures.