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  Michigan Central Rail Station, Detroit, MI
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  • Michigan Central Rail Station, Detroit, MI - Detroit
      Michigan Central Rail Station, Detroit, MI
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  • Michigan Central Rail Station, Detroit, MI - Detroit
      Michigan Central Rail Station, Detroit, MI
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  • Michigan Central Rail Station, Detroit, MI - Detroit
      Michigan Central Rail Station, Detroit, MI
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  • Michigan Central Rail Station, Detroit, MI - Detroit
      Michigan Central Rail Station, Detroit, MI
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  • Michigan Central Rail Station, Detroit, MI - Detroit
      Michigan Central Rail Station, Detroit, MI
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Detroit has numerous vacant skyscrapers, but perhaps the most outstanding is the old abandoned Amtrak station in Corktown, just outside of downtown to the south, and bordering Mexican Town near the entrance to the Ambassador Bridge. Originally known as Michigan Central Station, the building was completed in 1913 to service the Michigan Central Rail System. The station closed permanently in 1988 after Amtrak moved elsewhere in the region.

At the time, it was the tallest rail depot in the world, and even now given the location at Roosevelt Park, this towering structure dominates the landscape with a sense of verticality. But, the location away from downtown wasn't because of orientation toward the automobile in the modern sense, nor is the massive column like tower a tribute to the power of the automobile industry as I had once thought. Rather, this Beaux-Arts Classical style of architecture reflects the same big ambitions as Grand Central Station in New York, since the architectural firms involved were the same: Warren & Wetmore and Reed and Stem.

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  • Written Nov 17, 2011
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