Five ghostly abandoned architectural delights

Urban decay is delightful in its own way, with the old shells of buildings communicating stories long gone.
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Here are five haunting abandoned places that tell their own unique story.

1. United Artists Theater, Detroit.

Photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre have captured the fall of a city in their photo series The Ruins of Detroit.  Above is the ruined Spanish-Gothic Theater which was built in 1928 by C. Howard Crane. Crane had a special interest in movie palaces and over the span of his career he built 250 in total, 62 of them in the Detroit area. He was a fanatic for great acoustics and was behind much of Detroit’s great architecture in the booming 20s, before the depression forced him to up stumps and move to London. This building tells the story of a once great city which fell into inevitable decline after the collapse of the motor vehicle industry. Just recently Detroit became the largest US City to declare bankruptcy. More photos of Detroit’s many abandoned buildings can be seen here.  

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Sarah Adams is a media, film and television junkie. She is the former deputy editor of ArtsHub Australia and now works in digital communications - telling research stories across multiple platforms - in the higher education sector. Follow her @sezadams