Lafayette Building Revisited

Posted by Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 4 February 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

Reno from Madrid-Paris, Spain

Great!! I'm just coming back to see this descomposition of Lafayette building "heritage". I like the contra-position between this destroyed building and the one (a parking??) in the left side...

4 Feb 2010 6:00am

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden

Weird sensation. I really like this serie but at the same time it breaks my heart to see such a beautiful building go.

4 Feb 2010 6:27am

Céline from New York City, United States

I like this image ! You had a great point of view !
Like you, I hope it will lead to something new and better !

4 Feb 2010 6:37am

STEED from Gueret, France

Lines everywhere.......Well done...

4 Feb 2010 6:51am

Rags from Plano, United States

I hope it arises too.

4 Feb 2010 7:45am

mirela from brighton, United States

Great POV, you did a wonderful job with the shots of this building, Ralph!

4 Feb 2010 12:27pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Excellent shot of this building. Or what is left of it.

4 Feb 2010 12:59pm

Ken from United States

Like a big chunk of birthday cake..eaten and consumed.

4 Feb 2010 2:42pm

k@ from Paris, France

Very clever angle, the lines everywhere crossing in your compo and that missing body, this is really strong again

4 Feb 2010 2:44pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Strong image with strong message . Great BW !

4 Feb 2010 3:35pm

marc from Granby, Canada

a like the comment of Ken on this one ....nicely done Ralph.....

4 Feb 2010 3:49pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Terrific composition and the tone and detail are outstanding. A grand building.

4 Feb 2010 4:13pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Ken's right...looks like Paul Bunyan has been by and got a bit hungry.

4 Feb 2010 4:19pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Interesting perspective. I like this angle to show what was... and what is not any longer.

4 Feb 2010 4:30pm

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Shame to see such a building in such a state. I'll wager that any replacement won't be quite as grand or last as long.

4 Feb 2010 8:18pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A nice composition in B & W and that facade with a quarter of it removed is very intriguing to me. I like the inclusion of the "Guggenheim" parking garage. :-)

4 Feb 2010 8:39pm

K.B.R from Switzerland


4 Feb 2010 8:46pm

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

very powerful black and white, i really like this. A piece of Detroit's history is missing, and little by little, the Lafayette building will be no more.

4 Feb 2010 9:15pm

Louloupix from NEW YORK, United States

Another apocalyptic picture.
I'm sad for Detroit but glad you can share your view with us Ralph.

4 Feb 2010 9:19pm

David from Detroit, United States

It is interesting to see the difference between the orderly deconstruction on the left and the demolition on the right. Makes one wonder.

4 Feb 2010 10:17pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

wow! this is a superbly captured photo! i love the B&W here. just amazing to be able to capture a scene like this. :)

5 Feb 2010 12:19am

e11even from eleven, United States

hey jonsey, you seen the movie 'the road'?

5 Feb 2010 12:20am

@e11even: Nope not yet, but I read the book. Does that count?

e11even from eleven, United States

that look like GODZILLA is back!!!!!

5 Feb 2010 12:20am

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Ralph is it coming down? It.. doesn't look like it's going up does look like repairs are being made on the side.

5 Feb 2010 1:02am

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

This is just too sad, like watching limbs being pulled off.

5 Feb 2010 3:11am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

A very good image, Ralph - nicely produced. The walls - would they talk - are now hushed - forever.

5 Feb 2010 4:38am

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

Worse part of all this is bringing out the tons of garbage from this and have it shipped somewhere to be dumped.

6 Feb 2010 12:56am

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