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.

2. Kendrick Manufacturing Co. Then

3. Kendrick Manufacturing Co. Now

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

4. Grand Army of the Republic Building Then

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.

6. Hotel Fort Shelby Then

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.

8. Hotel Fort Shelby Ballroom Then

9. Hotel Fort Shelby Ballroom Now

10. The Book-Cadillac Hotel Then

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.

12. The Book-Cadillac Hotel Dining Room Then

13. The Book-Cadillac Hotel Dining Room Now

14. Dequindre Cut Greenway Then

15. Dequindre Cut Greenway Now

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

16. Third Precinct Police Station Then

17. Third Precinct Police Station Now

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

18. The Outside Of The Third Precinct Police Station Then

19. The Outside Of The Third Precinct Police Station Now

20. Orchestra Hall Then

21. Orchestra Hall Now

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

22. Cleveland Intermediate School Then

23. Cleveland Intermediate School Now

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

24. Cleveland Intermediate School Library Then

25. Cleveland Intermediate School Library Now

26. Studebaker Plant Then

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.

28. Seville Apartments Then

29. Seville Apartments Now

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

30. 111 Clairmount Street Then

31. 111 Clairmount Street Now

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

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