Dec 12, 2012

An Abandoned School in Detroit – Now and Then

 

Through photography, detroiturbex.com seeks to raise awareness of the social and economic challenges facing the city of Detroit. Over the course of 100 years the population level has rapidly expanded and contracted. In the 1950s the population was approximately 1.85 million, in 2010, it was 713,000.

The recent contraction means many of the buildings that were erected to support the rapid growth are now vacant and abandoned. The infrastructure was built to handle a population of 2 million. Only a third of that currently resides in Detroit.

In a fascinating series entitled Cass Tech – Now and Then, detroiturbex has created a 43-picture gallery of old photos and found the exact location of where they were taken and made a composite of the past and present.

While the original Cass Tech was left abandoned for some time, a new Cass Technical High School was built in 2004 in an adjacent lot to the north of the original building. According to Wikipedia, the original building was demolished in July of 2011.

For more urban exploration of Detroit, be sure to visit detroiturbex.com. You can also find them on Facebook

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1. Basketball game in 1988

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (11)

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2. Library photos from early 90s yearbook

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (13)

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3. Second Floor Hallway

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (12)

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4. Classroom (couch is still there today)

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (8)

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5. First floor of old auditorium

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (4)

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6. Dance hall in the new wing

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (17)

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7. Pep band makes their way through a crowd

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (5)

Composite Photograph by detroiturbex.com

 

 

8. The former book store

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (18)

Composite Photograph by detroiturbex.com

 

 

9. Hallway

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (1)

Composite Photograph by detroiturbex.com

 

 

10. Librarians

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (7)

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11. Old Classroom

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (15)

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12. Last day of school

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (6)

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13. Basketball game

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (3)

Composite Photograph by detroiturbex.com

 

 

14. The arts mural on floor 3, 1988

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (16)

Composite Photograph by detroiturbex.com

 

 

15. The yearbook room

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (14)

Composite Photograph by detroiturbex.com

 

 

16. Old Volleyball game

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (9)

Composite Photograph by detroiturbex.com

 

 

17. Library

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (2)

Composite Photograph by detroiturbex.com

 

 

18. School dance

detroit cass tech now and then blended photos into abandoned school building detroit urbex (10)

Composite Photograph by detroiturbex.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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