Michigan Central Station, Detroit

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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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  • My Dad was The Station Master when he retired, he started out in the mail room when 17 and worked his way up.....he worked there for 42 years. I spent a lot of time at the station, used to hang out at...  more »
  • It is a shame they have not redone this. It could be the next Grand Central restoration. The city is coming back but this place is still vacant. To me the city will be totally back when this place is ...  more »
  • This once grand building is symbolic of the entire city. ...once great, but hobbled by years of neglect. However, while the city continues the slow road to recovery, Michigan Central sits vacant and h...  more »
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  • Great Place, great architecture. Hope they will renovate the place and give it a new dignity! Amazing architecture and a must see in Detroit! They should make a big education center like a library, for example!
  • Visually stunning say they still play here as a kid at the age of 16 until the age of 23 until they locked it up for the Transformers movie it's really lovely spot for photographers and generally for anybody who's interested in spelunking but now the cameras and the lights would prevent that unless you are scouting for a movie.
  • It's a pity to see such a majestic building closed for the public and abandoned. The redevelopment of the Michigan Central Station would make it a perfect place for restaurants, hotels, and lofts that could be rented.
  • Such a beautiful landmark. Definitely recommend visiting. Make sure you bring your camera.
  • I want the place re open cause ummm why did it close?

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