Revisiting Continental Motors in Detroit

View entire exploration of Continental Motors.

On December 30, 2018 I went out to explore Continental Motors in Detroit with my brother and Jason (@jejones). Jason guided us through the area and talked to us about the evolution of graffiti from different artists over the years. He told stories from his viewpoints of what used to be and when it got painted over. At the time of this writing, it’s been over 4 years since I’ve been involved with much of what’s been going on in Detroit. Continental Motors looked significantly different to me, and the fact that it snowed the night before made this experience even better. Much of the tags that were prominent remain. This was one of my first explorations when I first moved to the Dearborn area in 2009. See below for comparisons.

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Continental Factory – Main Cavern 2012
Continental Factory - Main Cavern 2014
Continental Factory – Main Cavern 2014

As time goes on, more is lost as more personality through tagging is gained. Between 2012-2014 the walkway disapeared entirelly.

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Continental Factory – Main Cavern 2018

From as early as 2013 to the time of this writing, the one piece of floor remains, in balance with it’s attachments and the floor beneath.

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Still in the game
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Continental Motors in Detroit 2018 no.01
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Continental Motors in Detroit 2018 no.02

This is how the day looked to us as we arrived…

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Continental Motors in Detroit 2018 no.03

And looking straight back a few minutes later.

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Continental Motors in Detroit 2018 no.05
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Jeremy overlooking GM’s parking lot

We were eager to get into the building and onto the open rooftop so we could see the sunlight come up.

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Continental Motors in Detroit 2018 no.08

One of the earlier panoramic shots I grabbed. I was very fortunate to arrive during this time with fresh snow on the ground. The lighting was incredible.

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Jacob looking around on the open rooftop
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Continental Motors in Detroit 2018 no.18

These chambers were used at one point in the testing of aircraft engines.

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