The Detroit Water Sewerage Central Yard is located at the intersection of Orleans Street and Erskine Street. This was our third and final stop for the day after exploring Greenfield Elementary and Fredrick Douglass Academy. What made this place stand out was the vastness of it all. The graffiti and open spaces gave this place a sense of awe more than fear or sadness over the present state of reality.
This mysterious building it turns out has been vacated since 1988 when Detroit consolidated its operations to the Chrysler Corporation’s Huber Foundry that same year. The Detroit Water & Sewerage has since had its gasoline and oil tanks removed. Apparently, there was an old fire truck sitting there but it’s vanished now. Unfortunately building on or renovations in this area will be impossible for a while due to the contamination in the soil underneath. Until the city raises the money to tear this place down it will stand as a piece of history that’s missing everything but the concrete foundation. If you’re reading this and want to see a place in Detroit with exceptional graffiti and plenty of natural light, check this place out.