Endless Columns

Endless Columns

Endless Columns, photo by Allan M.

Allan writes:

The details on the MCS are amazing, especially considering that they were placed where most people would never see them. It was done simply for the sake of art.

The Michigan Central Depot opened in 1913. It closed in January 1987, as Amtrak decided that the station was too large for their operations, and too costly to maintain. It went through many owners, until it ended up in the hands of local businessman Manny Moroun. Manny owns the Ambassador Bridge, as well as the train station and a large amount of land in Southwest Detroit.

Read more and/or check out his Michigan Central Depot photo set. Allan is also involved with UrbanPlanet.org, a great forum for discussion of the cities of Michigan, the US and the world.

3 thoughts on “Endless Columns

  1. Looking back, it seems like this week was “Architecture Week”. My apologies to scenery lovers – early April in Michigan is not what you’d call photogenic…


  2. Don’t apologize for architecture images. They are wonderful. I’m associated with Pentecostal churches, and many of them, in their new building projects, are incorporating lots of columns. Sometimes they hold up nothing, but seem to be there only for effect.

    In her book, The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand, has Roark point out such things, and he complains bitterly about them. Something to think about.

    Enjoyed your site. Mine is quite different, but I believe you will like it.



  3. My grandfather worked at the Train Station…though born in ’74, I have captured images…I live with them today…I have a portrait of the Central Depot in my office…I work downtown…a few foot steps away is a panoramic view of an image I don’t understand…why? how? now what? the answer is not criticism…the answer is pressure…where were the casinos – why did 1 one “them” not have to restore a gem (and then reap the rewards)? what about a new Convention Center connected with the imagined high speed railroad system…/…Thank you for the pictures – they provide inspiration and history together.
    Andrew / concerned


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