Michigan Central Station

Michigan Central before a bike ride in September.

Michigan Central before a bike ride in September.

This beauty is by far my most favorite building in Detroit. It sits on Michigan Ave. on a strip that is currently being renovated and could be one of the hippest places to live in the country.

This building was never full to capacity, but so many people came through it’s doors during it’s time as a train station.

It sits empty, probably the face of Detroit’s ruins. Currently, it’s owned by Matty Moroun, who owns the Ambassador Bridge. He’s been sprucing it up, probably because he wants a second span, but it’s been looking better.

The Beaux Arts style station was designed by Reed & Stem and Warren & Wetmore, not very well known architects in 1913.

The 18-story building was actually built for more than just a train station. It was built to house offices, outside of Downtown, tearing down parts of one of the oldest communities of Detroit. Only 1 1/2 houses remain from that area, from that era and they are trying to be saved.

The whole history cannot be told in one blog post, nor can much, but HistoricDetroit.org does such a wonderful job, it’s hard to say anything about it.

All I can tell you is take a drive down Michigan Ave, anytime, day or night. The sheer size of this mammoth is daunting. It’s humongous. It’s quite the building and you will be in awe. I go to Detroit a lot. I work in Detroit. I love Detroit. I still cannot get enough of this beautiful building.

My hope is that one day it will be restored, restored for it’s original purpose.

Make it a beacon of public transportation once again. That’s what it was made for, so let’s do that.

Let’s make my dream come true.

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