30 Photos Showing The Restoration Of Detroit

Detroit’s comeback.

When you see pictures of Detroit you’re usually bombarded with images of broken-down houses and abandoned buildings.

But it’s not all like that. There are good things happening and buildings are being repurposed, built, and re-used.

Here’s some examples of that thanks to Google Maps and Detroit Urbex. Detroit Urbex currently has an amazing feature up about the rise, fall, and restoration of Detroit. Check it out here.

ID: 2864312

2. Kendrick Manufacturing Co. Then

ID: 2863611

3. Kendrick Manufacturing Co. Now

The Kendrick Manufacturing Co. was converted into a prep school in 2009.

ID: 2863609

4. Grand Army of the Republic Building Then

ID: 2864532

5. Grand Army of the Republic Building Now

Built in 1898, the Grand Army of the Republic Building was vacant since 1982, but is now being built into offices and retail space.

ID: 2864498

6. Hotel Fort Shelby Then

ID: 2862123

7. Hotel Fort Shelby Now

Opened in 1917, closed in the 1980s, and vacant since 1998, Hotel Fort Shelby was restored in 2008 by DoubleTree Suites.

ID: 2862124

8. Hotel Fort Shelby Ballroom Then

ID: 2863598

9. Hotel Fort Shelby Ballroom Now

ID: 2863597

10. The Book-Cadillac Hotel Then

ID: 2862215

11. The Book-Cadillac Hotel Now

Built in 1917, the Book-Cadillac Hotel was mostly open until the mid-’80s. In the late 2000s the building was gut renovated and today stands as a Westin Hotel.

ID: 2862214

12. The Book-Cadillac Hotel Dining Room Then

ID: 2863601

13. The Book-Cadillac Hotel Dining Room Now

ID: 2863599

14. Dequindre Cut Greenway Then

ID: 2863594

15. Dequindre Cut Greenway Now

The Dequindre Cut Greenway is currently being converted into a walking and biking trail.

ID: 2863593

16. Third Precinct Police Station Then

ID: 2863596

17. Third Precinct Police Station Now

The third precinct station closed in 2005 and was re-opened by an arts group in 2009.

ID: 2863595

18. The Outside Of The Third Precinct Police Station Then

ID: 2864279

19. The Outside Of The Third Precinct Police Station Now

ID: 2864280

20. Orchestra Hall Then

ID: 2863602

21. Orchestra Hall Now

The Orchestra Hall was vacant for more than 20 years before it re-opened in the early 1970s.

ID: 2863600

22. Cleveland Intermediate School Then

ID: 2863608

23. Cleveland Intermediate School Now

Closed in the late ’90s and re-opened in 2009 when a charter school reoccupied the building.

ID: 2863607

24. Cleveland Intermediate School Library Then

ID: 2863606

25. Cleveland Intermediate School Library Now

ID: 2863605

26. Studebaker Plant Then

ID: 2863613

27. Studebaker Plant Now

The building was abandoned because of a massive fire in the ’90s but was recently renovated into a place to live for homeless veterans.

ID: 2863612

28. Seville Apartments Then

ID: 2863617

29. Seville Apartments Now

The building was vacant for 10 years before it was renovated in 2012.

ID: 2863616

30. 111 Clairmount Street Then

ID: 2861925

31. 111 Clairmount Street Now

ID: 2861924

Correction: The Dequindre Cut Greenway was switched. Thanks for pointing that out in the comments. I love you all.

ID: 2883194

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