We’re on record as not publishing ruin porn from Detroit. We’d much rather feature photos of historic Detroit buildings that are still being used. When I saw the news that musician Jack White had stepped in to pay the overdue tax bill for Detroit’s Masonic Temple, averting the building’s foreclosure I remembered that there was a stereograph of the Masonic Temple taken in 1926 by the Keystone View company. I found it while searching for automobile related items in the Keystone Mast archive in the Online Archive of California. The weather was nice yesterday so I headed downtown, hoping to reproduce the photo, shown above, taken from the south side of Cass Park. I guess I’ll have to come back when the trees are bare because while the Masonic Temple and Cass Park are still there, the park’s landscaping has changed and when I tried to reproduce the exact camera angle you can see nothing but foliage. The image pair below (saved in a sepia toned stereocard format to match the vintage look of the original – the gallery is in full color) is taken from a bit closer perspective. You you can can see that the building looks pretty much the same as it did 93 years ago, but I guess I’ll have to come back in late fall to get the exact same shot as the Keystone photographer in 1926.
Photo credit after the jump.
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