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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596299401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596299405
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 9.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Every building in Detroit has a story." And, thankfully, Dan Austin and Sean Doerr are the storytellers. ... This amazing book tells the tales of 12 of Detroit's most stately structures.
--Time magazine's Detroit Blog

"Every chapter attempts to tug on the hearts of its readers with narratives brief enough to hold readers' attention, but long enough to explain the journey."
--The South End

Of Dan Austin, "a colleague calls him encyclopedic." --Michigannow.org

With Detroit's buildings, "some is gorgeously intact, some isn't. But the duo shows equal passion for all of it." --Model D

"I was absolutely glued to the book. Glued. It captures the spirit of so many of Detroit's buildings." --DetroitLives.org

About the Author

Author Dan Austin is a journalist and Detroit historian. Having worked at newspapers across the country, he returned to his beloved Motor City in 2006 and tells the stories behind the city's forgotten landmarks.

Photographer Sean Doerr has been documenting abandoned and neglected architecture around metro Detroit since the age of fourteen.


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Customer Reviews

A lot of great pictures in this book.
CHK84
I'm hoping one day that it will return to being the great city it once was.
JRP
This is a well written, extremely well researched work.
Donald G. Christian

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R. MacTaggart on February 12, 2011
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This really is a wonderful book.

Why?

Because it does something that so few books do.

Each building has its own section. There is a lot of information. The early history of a building is detailed, as well as its great era, slow decline, and byzantine story about its ruination (I think each building has a byzantine ruination story).

There are also lots-o-pictures. Again, showing each building in a pristine state - all the better to make you GASP at the current images.

The book is VERY depressing but through no fault of the author. It's just simply tragic that we as a culture would allow the utter destruction of such architectural gems. This never fails to amaze me. It's heart-rending.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2011
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As a lifelong Detroiter, I found this book to be not only informative but depressing as well. I am excited to see interior photos of buildings that I may never have been afforded the chance to see but it saddens me that the demise of these great buildings has gotten so desperate. The books tells the great story of the building and adds many details and information about what the building once appeared to be. This will be a coffee table book addition in my house!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Adams on February 1, 2011
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This book has some of the most wonderful photos of old Detroit, the forgotten, left to rot. There is such life in the photos in the book, I highly recommend this book,,, good info on what is being shown in the photos. If you are from Detroit, or just have an interest in this sort of thing, I cannot stress enough, 'GET THIS BOOK...'
I stand and applaud the author and photographer. Well Done !! (Can I tag along on your next building adventure??)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TLP on July 3, 2011
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This is an excellent book. While its immediate appeal would be to current and former Detroiters who are directly familiar with the buildings and neighborhoods, it also serves as a broader lesson on what can happen when a city enters into long-term decline. The writing is engaging, and the photographs are superb. To the authors: Please consider doing a "Lost Detroit: Part II"!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By metrowest mom on January 17, 2012
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I bought this book for my husband (born & raised in Michigan) and he was obsessed. He ended up buying one for his Dad, who appreciated the book even more since he was alive during the times when you could have actually gone inside many of the historic buildings depicted.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. L. S. on February 27, 2013
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This book should never be lumped in the "Ruins Porn" category. It is a poignant history lesson of one city at the end of the Industrial Age, and the failure of it's leaders to bring it into the next. Dan Austin's insight of his former city are tempered by what he has seen in other, thriving cities, and his facts are accurate. Sean Doerr's photographs are heartbreakingly beautiful.
Having lived in the Metro Detroit area almost all my life, I can attest to the damage Corporate greed, corrupt education leaders, and political graft have on it's citizens.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donald G. Christian on September 19, 2011
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This is a well written, extremely well researched work. It gives the reader a deep sense of the grand nature of the buildings and the power of the society which produced them, sadly lost to those whose built them and ruined by those whose deepest appreciation was anger.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Historical Hobbyist on August 10, 2012
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Both pictures and text were very well done. This was a very nice book....too bad it wasn't hard covered.

Unfortunately, Amazon did not package this and another purchased book very well. They were put loose in a larger box to rattle around. No protection for the dust jacket of the other book or for the corners of either book. Shame on you Amazon. Usually, your packaging is OK.
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