Here is a few more pictures from my all access pass to the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
Photo #1: Famous people will often sign this “wall of fame” that is located near the dressing rooms. You can clearly read Frank Sinatra front and center.
Photo #2: Even the bathrooms are extravagant at the Fox Theater. This fireplace is located right outside the bathrooms in the basement of the theater. All original in decoration and design, there is no theater in the world like the Fox.
Thanks to Sean for the all access pass to the all-too gorgeous Fox Theater.
The Fox Theatre is an ornate performing arts center in the United States, located at 2211 Woodward Avenue in downtown, Detroit. It opened in 1928 as a flagship movie palace, as part of the Fox Theater chain, it is noted as the first theater designed and built to include a speaker system for sound films. The area surrounding the Fox in downtown Detroit is nicknamed Foxtown, in large part because the Fox is so famous.
The Fox has 5,048 seats (5,174 seats if removable seats placed in the raised orchestra pit are included). It is the largest surviving movie palace of the 1920s and the largest of the original Fox Theatres. The Fox was actually partly vacant in the 1980’s and fully restored in 1988 (THANK GOD!!!!). The adjacent office building houses the headquarters of Mike Illitch’s Little Ceasers Pizza empire.
Here is another post of the former Kresge/K-Mart Headquarters. I was very lucky to get into this beautiful building. I had a neighborhood meeting in one of the conference rooms. Instead of paying attention to the meeting and taking notes, I wondered off and went searching for photographs to take. After all, this is what urban explorers do best. I snuck out of the meeting and went to explore the massive complex. I was able to shoot the entire first floor and the second floor, and then I got caught on the third floor. Some security guard said that he saw me on camera and said I didn’t have the “clearance” to be upstairs. “Clearance? Seriously?” Like I was at the damn White House or something. Anyway, I explained who I was and he let me go and told me to go back to the meeting. So I went on back down to the first floor, despite wanting to go up the stairs to the fourth floor. So like I said, I got very lucky. I didn’t get to go up past the third floor, but I was able to photograph most of the important rooms/details. It was quite a location to explore and I’m glad I got the opportunity to do so. It was just another famous/historic location that I get to add to the list. Enjoy!
Kresge is also known as K-Mart. The Kresge World Headquarters. is a limestone-faced building, constructed in the shape of a large E with the wings pointing away from the park. It covers a city block, and has 250,000 square feet of office space. The central pavilion facing Cass Park is five-and-a-half stories; the wings are only four stories. The building is a mix of styles, with both Terra Cotta and Art Deco. The ordered rows of windows emphasize the horizontal, while the classical Doric pilasters at the entrance emphasize the vertical. A band course separates the fourth floor from the lower levels, and the floors above have smaller windows that nevertheless resemble the lower-tier windows. The interior uses polished granite for the entrance with inlaid walnut paneling. Kresge used these offices until the firm moved to Troy, MI in 1972. For some years after that, the building was used by the Detroit Institute of Technology. The building is part of Wayne State, and has been used in part as an incubator for tech start-up firms known as the Metropolitan Center for High Technology. Offices for some Wayne State departments are still located in this building.
Detroit Yacht Club
Well I know that the Detroit Yacht Club is certainly NOT abandoned, but it is largely unseen by the public eye, therefore, it is DETROIT UNSEEN. Sometimes I like to include some of Detroit’s true architectural gems on the Detroit Unseen Tumblr because most people don’t and/or won’t see these places in their lifetime. Since I was so lucky to have been able to photograph and explore them, I though that this would also be a great way to share them. An example of this is when I posted the Masonic Temple a while back. So here is another great example. The Detroit Yacht Club is a VERY private place. It is also a very unique and exquisite structure that has some of the most gorgeous architectural detail in Detroit. The Detroit Yacht Club is a private marina and sailing club off of Belle Isle. The Detroit Yacht Club clubhouse is a Mediterranean-style villa that is the largest yacht club in the Unites States. It was designed by famed architect George Mason, who also designed the Masonic Temple, and built in 1922-1923.
I love the photo's you took around Detroit. I just recently got into urbex myself. How do you get in to these places? Do you call the owners and ask for permission or just sneak in?
Never that…I have never gotten permission for a single location, although I don’t recommend doing it the way I have, it wouldn’t be TRUE “urban exploring” always getting permission to shoot locations. I think that it is most definitely smarter to go the whole permission route especially today because Detroit is really cracking down on photographers/explorers. I have been doing this long enough that I could quite today (but I would never do such a thing) and still use pictures from locations from 5 years ago, or back when exploring wasn’t as big as it is now. I use my TUMBLR ONLY for locations that have been demolished and/or that the public cannot easily access. I have a Facebook, check it out at https://www.facebook.com/DetroitUnseen and a twitter at https://twitter.com/DetroitUnseen I don’t name any of the photographed locations (on either website) for specific reasons. Enjoy!
Here is another post in remembrance of the fallen Arnold Home. The location was not only massive in size, but it was indeed one of the first locations that I explored when I first started doing this back in like 2008. Unfortunately, during my first trip to the Arnold Home, back then I only had a point-and-shoot camera. I was more into the exploring aspect, rather than the photography. Today, it is quite vise versa. I tend to focus on the photography aspect, rather than the exploring. Today, I couldn’t ever imagine exploring with a camera, Anyway, so I’m sort of paying some type of homage to one of my first locations that I ever explored. The Arnold Home was razed earlier this summer. The first photo shows some of the patient/resident paperwork that the nurses and doctors had to fill out and keep up with on a regular basis. It is actually a “skin and body alert form” from when the doctors/nurses would check on patient’s on a daily basis. It looks as if the nurses would have to examine every single patient at least twice a day to see if there were any strange marks or bruising. It looks like there was nothing wrong upon inspection of this patient, but we saw some paperwork that was “quite” different and honestly, it was a little suspicious. I won’t post that stuff because it has real people’s names and personal information on it. The second picture shows a surprisingly clean and somewhat newer of a desk in a dirty room that seems to be nearly falling apart. A coffee mug sits strangely alone on the corner of the desk, as an old calendar hangs on the wall, and overgrown trees grow outside in the courtyard. The third picture shows the ceiling collapse in the former cafeteria that tragically claimed the lives of two men that were scrapping metal from the structures support frame. This picture was taken just days after the unfortunate accident.
I decided to post two pictures of the now razed Arnold Home because it was so massive and the owners and operators had decided to shut the doors to the Arnold Home and leave everything behind. Now days, when the buildings become abandoned, it seems that there is at least a little more effort to remove most of the furnishings and belongings . A few years ago it seemed that every abandoned building had left property behind. I believe that the Detroit Public School “Rape of Jane Cooper” Detroit Free Press article had everyone realizing that they should never leave anything behind. Then just a few years later, the abandoned Detroit Police Crime Lab was exposed for leaving all their stuff behind, including evidence and live ammunition. So fast forward to today and you will clearly see why usually building owners will now make sure that they remove most of the property before completely abandoning the location. Anyway, I explored the Arnold Home for the first time back in like 2008. It was actually one of the first locations that I was able to photograph while exploring. Back then, the Arnold Home had in fact left everything behind. Also back in 2008, the Arnold Home had just a couple ways in and out of the building. The scrappers had most definitely hit the building, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it was in the later years. I can remember finding all sorts of interesting things while exploring the Arnold Home. We found people’s record, like past employee’s social security numbers and address information. We found former patient death certificates. We found patient injury reports, complete with the actual pictures of the injury! It was absolutely mind blowing at the time because this was before I had seen everything that I have seen now. I was just a rookie explorer back in those days haha lol. The second picture shows a patients personal collage that once hung on the wall outside their door. The collage is complete with pictures, family photos, college degrees, and even a marriage certificate. I remember feeling quite sad when I found this and decided to snap a quick shot. In the later years the Arnold Home became a scrappers haven and a squatters paradise. By 2012, the massive white columns that gave the Arnold Home its famous neoclassical look, had completely collapsed into a pile of rubble. There were more then a dozen ways in and out of the Arnold Home. In December of 2011, the Arnold Home was home to a horrific scene. Two scrappers were cutting steel beams in the ceiling of the old cafeteria and the ceiling eventually came collapsing down on top of both men. They were literally trapped underneath a huge pile of concrete, plaster, and drywall. The men were reported missing and were eventually found at the Arnold Home days after they were last seen. The first picture actually shows the old cafeteria where these scrappers were killed. This picture was taken about 6 months before this terrible accident. Click here or copy site for the story: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/12/14/breaking-nursing-home-collapses-two-die/
Well it’s official…..The Arnold Home has been completely demolished! The former nursing home was a massive wasteland of buildings located at 7 Mile and Glastonbury. Over the years, the Arnold Home got worse and worse. On my first visit to explore the Arnold Home, the main building was in decent shape. The front of the building was really magnificent looking. When you would walk up the driveway to the main entrance, the massive white columns on the front of the building looked like something from the White House. The columns were about four stories high and gave the Arnold Home it’s neoclassical style appeal. I never saw the Arnold Home in it’s heyday, but I can only imagine the beauty of this building. The were several buildings on the property, but nothing compared to the main building. The smaller buildings were just little apartment-type structures filled with old furniture and people’s old clothing. The main building had everything inside of it. They left everything behind at the Arnold Home. The rooms still had beds and dressers, the cafeteria still had tables and chairs, the lounge had a TV and a couch, and, as you can see from the above picture, the Nurses Station still had paperwork, medicine, and supplies.