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Michigan Central Station, Detroit

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
3.5/5 based on 55+ 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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  • I have seen this building many times when I was in corktown. But I haven't actually visited here until now when I decided to come visit after a quick lunch at the Bagel Institute. And it is truly beau...  read more »
  • Actually one of the many abandoned buildings in Detroit. But the central station radiates that certain something. You can park directly at the building, the area is safe. Tipping and imagine what here then went off everything. After visiting, you should be sure there really fine coffee in the Astros coffee and (Yes, good coffee in the States) treat.
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  • deplorable concern and care from this owners lack of any development , what's the point keeping this place in it's present state 
  • 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.
  • Such a rad old building. Hope they figure out a way to do something with it while preserving its beauty and history.
  • 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...
  • Still way to go to reach its early days but now we at least got glass on windows! Please clean the park in font of it!
  • An amazing building, definitely worth a stop to snap some pics
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