Union Depot Michigan Historical Marker at Clara’s Restaurant

August 22, 2006

Union Depot Michigan Historical Marker at Clara's Restaurant

Union Depot Michigan Historical Marker at Clara’s Restaurant, photo by Kalamazoo Richard.

Today’s photo fits with Absolute Michigan’s latest Michigan Site of the Week: Michigan Historical Markers, a tremendous resource for Michigan history.
The marker reads:

The Union Depot began passenger service for the Michigan Central and Pere Marquette Railroads in 1902. The Detroit architectural firm of Spier and Rohns, which planned many Michigan Central stations, designed the building with Chateauesque conical towers and cut stone arches. The depot closed in 1972. Restauranteur Peter Jubeck bought the building in 1978 and transformed it into an eatery, retaining the quarter-sawn oak interior and installing locally crafted stained glass windows.

You may also want to check out Clara’s Restaurants web site (lots of history on the Lansing and Battle Creek train stations) and Flickr’s Historic Michigan group for lots more rail stations and other history.

One Response to “Union Depot Michigan Historical Marker at Clara’s Restaurant”

  1. Andrea Says:

    The food at Clara’s is good, too!

    Another depot-turned-restaurant is the Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor. Gandy Dancer patrons applaud the trains as they pass by the windows of the old stone station. It’s a little weird, but entertaining!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 8,717 other followers

%d bloggers like this: