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Michigan Central Station, Detroit

(3.6/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
Michigan Central Station was the main intercity passenger rail depot for Detroit, Michigan. Built for the Michigan Central Railroad, it replaced the original depot in downtown Detroit, which was shuttered after a major fire on December 26, 1913, forcing the still unfinished station into early service. Formally dedicated on January 4, 1914, the station remained open for business until the cessation of Amtrak service on January 6, 1988. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest rail station in the world.The building is located in the Corktown district of Detroit near the Ambassador Bridge, approximately ¾-mile southwest of downtown Detroit. It is located behind Roosevelt Park, and the Roosevelt Warehouse is adjacent to the east. The city's Roosevelt Park serves as a grand entryway to the station. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Restoration projects and plans have gone as far as the negotiation process, but none has come to fruition. Since 2011, demolition works, minor structural repairs, repairs of the roof structure, and covering the glass roof openings in the concourse have been performed. The basement, which was once full of water, has been fully drained, and a barbed wire fence has been installed in an attempt to keep out vandals.Images of the building remain a premier example of ruins photography.
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TripAdvisor
  • Wish the city gave permission for guided tours inside. A walk around was just a tease of the former granduer of what this place once was.  more »
  • Central station is odd as it is beautiful. Faint touches of its ornate outer structure remain, along with the subtle hints that, perhaps, millions of people once visited this place. Curiosity seekers ...  more »
  • Central station is located close to the Michigan Ave. coming in toward the Center from Dearborn, easily can be noted. The area is desolate and very neglected. The building is beautiful, however, and is one of the points that you need to visit while in Detroit.
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  • Amazing landmark that is a gem for photographers. I've seen a friend take a drone and do an epic video! This place is a must visit if you enjoy history.
  • Great place to do some raps in front of. Killer vibe
  • This is a hauntingly beautiful urban ruin and a fantastic example of early century architecture.
  • A photogenic and magnificent structure which is so dilapidated, it is more of a reminder of what it used to be. Its beauty is best appreciated from afar since it is closed to the public. As you walk around Corktown and look up to notice nothing but a single structure so old and isolated, it can only be described as majestically haunting. Stop from what you are doing and take in the view. Give it whatever meaning you want, but maybe this is more than a reminder of a past.
  • The station is beautiful and it is a great reminder of history. I am rating it a 3 because I wish it would be restored. Yea, the windows have been replaced but come on, use the money we all know you have and truly bring it back...