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Pretty Vacants: The Coolest Empty Buildings in America

They’re weird, amazing, and available. Behold the nation’s most impressive vacant structures.
Detroit's abandoned Michigan Central Station
Detroit's abandoned Michigan Central StationEric Theyer/Reuters

Ah, to be a real estate developer at the dawn of the 21st century. The sweet tax breaks! The public scorn! Best of all, the endless opportunities to snap up and refurbish America’s many amazing vacant properties!

If you’ve got a few million bucks to play with, you’ll find that the country is littered with remarkable empty structures in various states of disrepair, just waiting for enterprising new owners with big dreams and deep pockets. Here are five of our current faves.