We have all heard about the economic decline of the storied Motor City, but Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre capture the decaying beauty of its buildings' grand interiors with compassion and a respect for eras past.

This series of photographs explores the dilapidated shells of early 20th century architectural gems - everything from hotels, theaters, churches, and homes. Because the economic state of Detroit has suffered along with that of the automotive industry, properties are being abandoned rather than maintained due to a lack of financial investment in the area. It is a sad sight to see the gorgeous detail in massive Gothic churches crumbling, but even more upsetting is what this signifies for the people of the city.

Via: The Observer