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article imageOp-Ed: Exploring two abandoned buildings in Detroit Special

By Matt Harding     Nov 27, 2011 in Environment
Recently, I've explored two abandoned buildings in Detroit—the Fisher Body 21 car assembly plant and the Boblo Dock Building. Within the buildings, I found awe-inspiring views and years of decay.
First off, let's take a look at the Fisher Body 21. Located just east of Woodward Ave. and north of Interstate 94, the Fisher Body 21 was one of 40 buildings used by the Fisher Body Company. The company began building car bodies in 1908. In 1919, General Motors purchased 60% of the company, and, in 1984, they completely dissolved, merging with other GM operations. While operating, their customers included Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and Ford. The building was last used in 1993 by Carter Color Coat, a company that painted auto parts.
The old Fisher Body building remains standing where it did more than 100 years ago. It has now been abandoned for as long as I've been alive (18 years). Since I live fairly close to the site, I decided to explore the building, camera in tow.
As evidenced by the pictures, there aren't many windows. In fact, there isn't a whole lot of space in the 536,000 sq. ft. building where it's difficult to see — the outside light shines brightly through. From the roof, you can see all of Detroit and even into Canada and the surrounding suburbs of Detroit.
Now, let's take a look at the Boblo Dock Building. Located right on the Detroit River, just south of the Ambassador Bridge, the Boblo Dock Building is an abandoned 10-story warehouse where the Boblo boat would dock. The boat went between the Detroit dock and Boblo Island. The island is a five-minute ferry ride from Amherstburg, Ontario, and 18 miles from Detroit.
Coincidentally, this building closed during the same year as the Fisher Body 21 building. Since then, it has remained unoccupied. After an exhausting bike ride, I began to walk into the Boblo Dock Building. I came virtually unprepared for the lack of light in the staircase. Luckily, I had the light on my camera to guide me up all 10 floors.
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Boblo Dock Building in Detroit
The abandoned Boblo Dock Building in Detroit
The abandoned Boblo Dock Building in Detroit
The abandoned Boblo Dock Building in Detroit
The abandoned Boblo Dock Building in Detroit
The abandoned Boblo Dock Building in Detroit
Digital Journalist Matt Harding atop the abandoned Boblo Dock Building in Detroit
Digital Journalist Matt Harding atop the abandoned Boblo Dock Building in Detroit
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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