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Miftahul Munir
· December 28, 2017
Lovely landmark and georgeus builfing, hope that it will be reopened as a museum
Jose Agueros
· June 15, 2017
I grew up right by this landmark, it has always been my favorite building in Detroit.
I dreamed one day I would walk inside and see its historic architecture, before I pass on looks like I might get m...y chance. I am extremely grad they decided to restore it. DSC looks gorgeous. See More
Melissa A. Reifert
· September 25, 2017
This is one of thee best buildings in Detroit. I love visiting and seeing the renovations.
Phillip DiPierdomenico
· July 5, 2017
One of Detroit Michigan historical and Architectural landmarks that must be preserved so other tourist can see how once detroit was a thriving City. And it will Rise from the Ashes again. #detroit #puredetroit #detroitrockcity See More
Murielene Reeves
· February 7, 2017
I so hope the current owner will reopen this glorious bldg once construction's completed; I lived very near there as a child &it was the 1st magnificent bldg I'd ever seen! I also remember there was a... 'WhiteCastle' in the park area to the L. when facing the front of the station&was such a treat to get my1st white castle hambuger! Even tho I didnt have the happiest childhood its the simple thgs&memories that mean the most to me&I am thankful I found these sites&for the info provided!!! L👀king forward 2future updates❣ See More
Eric Chapman
· September 19, 2017
Beautiful building. It's going to be so awesome when they remake it into something new and shiny! Like a new Penny!
Michael Bugard
December 9, 2012
Please preserve this as a National Ruin. It represents the US at the glorious height of it's manufacturing might, and is from the brief period in American history when we built giant architectural wo...nders with any hope of withstanding the rigors of age. Our contemporary, disposable-age buildings of glass and steel have no sense of permanence, nor were they built for that intent. Michigan Central Station was located at a crossroads in the very heart of the US's automotive industry and backbone of her power during it's zenith, and began to crumble and fade in synchronicity with the American Dream and Empire. Love it or hate it, let us preserve our history so future generations and civilizations may learn from our triumphs, and more importantly, learn from our mistakes. See More
Dorothy Fedorczak Adkins
· January 5, 2015
Many times in my younger years (1930/1940 era) Mama, Tata & I , & sisters. Have departed from & returned to this once beautiful & grand station. Many train trips to Pa. were boarded there. 3 sisters &... their families lived in Pa. Carnegie (Fort Pitt), Cheswick & Conway. It was always a fun ride & experience. I do remember one bad experience. When the Axle came off the engine wheel. I was about 12 or 13. One of my many frightening times in life. The train station was always so nice & shiney clean. Hopefully it can be preserved. See More
Billy Bates Jr
· February 15, 2017
Really they should truly refurbish this place and get it open for business bring back the old days !!
Robert Rake
· November 24, 2016
I don't know if i will ever make it to detroit. But keep up the good work.
Peter Dudley
· June 29, 2014
Even in its current state, Detroit's Michigan Central Station is a major tourist attraction.
Though notorious as a vacant ruin, I believe world-wide interest will only increase, when folks realize the... century-old landmark isn't abandoned – it’s now a construction site, undergoing renovation.
Something is always going on there, even if it’s just another photographer, standing in the middle of LaCombe Drive (named after an ancestor of a Facebook friend), snapping yet another portrait of the iconic, newly-windowed facade. I recently met a visitor from China at Detroit Historical Museum's Glancy Trains Exhibit – his next stop was the station!
The landmark has become a catalyst for development in Detroit’s Corktown Historic District, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood (and one of its most vibrant). Roosevelt Park has become a venue for outdoor events in recent years, with the station serving as a backdrop. Petsmart Pup's Dog Park, Detroit’s first public dog park, is now open at nearby Macomb Park, west of 17th Street.
Slows BBQ, The Sugar House (craft cocktails), Gold Cash Gold (a pawnshop-turned-restaurant), Mercury Burger Bar (a tavern-turned-coffee-house-turned-burger-joint), and many other new businesses are thriving on nearby Michigan Avenue.
New owners are working to preserve the 1923 Conductor’s Protective Assurance (C.P.A.) Building, at Michigan & West Vernor Highway. Founded in Detroit in 1908, C.P.A. was a national benevolent organization of railroad conductors and other railway employees – which also sold insurance.
New windows were recently installed in the 1923 Roosevelt Park Hotel on 14th Street, also undergoing renovation. The owners plan to re-open the Roosevelt as a 76-room, extended-stay hotel. Next door, an interesting entity known as Imagination Station set up a public miniature golf course one summer. Farther south on 14th, Saint Vincent Corktown (the former Catholic high school) is being transformed into a boutique office complex.
Despite an emergency demolition order issued by Detroit City Council in April 2009, the monument is still standing tall. Conventional wisdom concluded long ago that the ruin was too embarrassing for the city to tolerate. Current sentiment is moving toward acceptance of the building’s recent past as a sad, but still-important chapter in the city's history. Berlin has its “broken tooth” (the bombed-out remains of Kaiser Wilhelm Church), Athens has its Parthenon, Rome has its Coliseum – and Detroit has Michigan Central Station.
The city actually requested federal funds to demolish the landmark. The Feds refused – the station has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975, and federal funds can’t be used to destroy a listed landmark.
Unlike preserved ruins in other cities, Detroit’s favorite ruin has a chance of becoming a going concern – perhaps for the first time in its history. Its builders operated within the context of a boom town – there was an expectation that Detroit’s population and central business district would continue expanding, “if present trends continue”. The boom went bust in 1929.
Meanwhile, car culture overtook the city, and the rest of the country – a major, fundamental shift, which wasn't anticipated. Detroit never grew into the intentional over-capacity of what had been intended to serve as its last monumental rail passenger terminal. The builders succeeded in that goal – all of the other railroad stations in Detroit, built during America’s golden age of railroading, are long-gone.
On December 26, 2013 (the centennial of the station’s opening), the owner committed up to $20 million to stabilize and weatherproof the building. Since April 2009, more than $4 million has been spent on renovation. Asbestos abatement included removal of all glass from the building (including a few unbroken window panes) – the original window caulking contained asbestos.
In February 2015, there were two important developments. A new, 9,000-pound-capacity freight elevator became operational, installed in the station’s former smoke flue – the original coal-fired heating system will NOT be restored. A contract was signed to replace more than 1,000 windows. Window replacement began May 4, 2015, and was completed early in 2016.
Detroit has a history of rising from the ashes, as it did after a fire nearly destroyed the former frontier outpost in 1805. The decline of this landmark, after the last Amtrak train departed in 1988, has reflected the simultaneous decline of its city. I’m hopeful that renovation of Detroit’s Michigan Central Station will be emblematic of yet another Detroit renaissance.
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Lloyd Gill
· December 19, 2015
I used that station many times. it was a beautiful place. I am glad to see someone step up and save the grate landmark. thank you
Henry Ansari
· July 15, 2015
I came to Detroit in 1965 on a train from NYC, Penn station. This beautiful landmark was being neglected then. Couldn't understand why.
Erika Welch
· April 2, 2017
Sooooo much history, such cool architecture, and just hauntingly beautiful.
Kevin John
· December 29, 2013
Visited today for a few minutes. Would like to take more pictures next time I'm in the area.
Michele Jenkins Lauersdorf
· June 10, 2014
Took my son by MCS Friday. He was in awe of the size. We took tons of pics!! Beautiful
Theresa Kassuba
· August 19, 2015
My grandfather was a Engineer for the Michigan Central RR...George Leo Thayer
Kasjan Warmuzek
· September 29, 2017
to jest zajebiste amerykanie kible :D

Detroit Documentary: Nutopia, a London-based TV company, is developing a possible documentary about #Detroit and the positive changes it has undergone over the years, for a potential US broadcaster. One of the areas they are exploring is the beautiful and iconic Michigan Central Station. They would love to speak to those who are passionate about the station and especially anyone who worked there or whose parents did, or who remember travelling to and from Detroit via the station. If you would like to share your memories, please email and she will call you back for an informal chat.

-John Mohyi

Well, this has been an interesting Monday

If a deal comes to fruition, it would mark the automaker's biggest step back into the city where it was born, three months after it was going to put more than 200 employees just down Michigan Avenue in The Factory at Corktown building.