Historic Detroit

Every building in Detroit has a story — we're here to share it

About the site

HistoricDetroit.org is Detroit’s place to learn the stories behind the city’s historic places and for photographers, historians and others to share their love, images, memories and more about its landmarks.

It is a nonprofit Web site where all are encouraged to share their photos and stories. All contributors maintain full rights of and receive full credit on their submissions and can remove them at any time. This Web site is merely a showplace, a one-stop shop for all who love Detroit’s built environment.

The site was founded in June 2011 by Dan Austin, author of “Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City’s Majestic Ruins” and former writer, photographer, researcher and webmaster behind the Detroit history site BuildingsofDetroit.com.

Helmut Ziewers was added to the team in February 2023 as the director of photography. His vision is to provide authentic visual documentation of our city, all based on real experiences.

Contact us at [email protected].