Photographers have flocked to the city to capture the decline; two French photographers even produced a book, “The Ruins of Detroit.” But since the city declared bankruptcy in July, hotels say they’ve seen an uptick in visitors inquiring about the ruins. So have restaurants in the up-and-coming district of Corktown, near the abandoned train station.
If historic castles had been built using modern methods, this is what they would look like – assuming they were abandoned half way through construction, that is. The now-defunct castle building project began in 1999 as an effort to build a luxury hotel near Almere in the Netherlands.
But the project, reportedly designed by architect Renaud Storm van Leeuwen and set to use stone from historic buildings in Hungary, ultimately failed and came to a halt in 2002. Abandoned for a decade, the building has now become a modern ruin and failure to find a new investor means it’ll probably remain so. In its unfinished state, the gloomy structure has the look of an abandoned industrial complex rather than its intended appearance.