Sunday, October 4, 2009

My Town Friday Shoot Out: Building Study

I did it! I'm so excited! I finally got to shoot at a location I've been wanted to do for such a long time. And it was perfect for this Shoot Out.

Almost 6 years ago, my husband and I move our little family to the Detroit area from Ohio. Each and every time we went "home" I noticed this one specific building. It caught my eye and mesmerized me. I wondered the story behind this abandoned building. There had to be a story!

I found a website, Forgotten Detroit, where I found the building I had been wondering about for so long: The Michigan Central Depot, or "The Depot". If you have a few moments, I invite you to visit the link to see The Depot in all it's former glory. Be sure to look at the photos of the inside, taken by a much braver photographer than I.

These photos were all taken from my car or just outside my car. I could not do any better without leaving my comfort zone completely. Thank you, MTFSO team, for finally giving me the opportunity I've been waiting for!

















12 comments:

Sarah Lulu said...

Isn't that an amazing old building and how sad that's it's empty and getting older and older ..

Great job!

Patty said...

That is so sad. I mean it is a great photo essay of what a lot of the country, especially Detroit, has become.

What a beautiful building it was in its heyday. It makes me cry to think that old buildings like that are falling apart.

Outstanding work.

~JarieLyn~ said...

This certainly is a magnificent building, especially for a train station. How sad to see its decline. After all the money spent on renovations, you'd think that they would have protected the property better. Great photos and a wonderful shoot-out. Your pictures are awesome.

Kerry said...

Wow, this is a grand old building that still looks so impressive. A reminder of Detroit's better days.

Ann said...

looking at the broken glass window, I presume there is a new depot.

Rebecca said...

Great shots...especially from a car! The more I shoot the larger my comfort zone gets. Keep shooting!

REDLAN said...

great shots! I love the first building most.

Anonymous said...

Great pics honey !!!! Love Mom K

Anonymous said...

P.S. I just looked at pics of inside, it must have been such a Grand place at one time. Love Mom K

Jen said...

I've seen this! I begged Louis to stop so I could go photograph it. He looked at me like I was insane.

If I am not mistaken, and I usually am, isn't this where they found the frozen guy? Google Detroit Frozen Man, it is SO creepy.

Ellisa said...

Jen, it's not a safe place, but on a rainy Sunday afternoon, it wasn't bad really. Especially if you had Louis along.

The frozen man was found in the Roosevelt Warehouse. That's a *different* abandoned Detroit building. There are so many of them it's easy to get them confused.

Kelly said...

I remember waiting in this building for Ron's Aunts to arrive from Topeka via Amtrak in the late 70's early 80's.