$80 Million Michigan Central Station Makeover?

Michigan Central Station, Detroit, MI 2013, photo by brian The Lansing State Journal reports on Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Maroun’s plan for an $80-million makeover of Michigan Central Station: Michigan Central Station, a well-known symbol of Detroit’s decay, is expected to get $80 million in renovations over the next three years, according to a top aide…

Slumpy, Michigan Central Station and Reflections on Ruin Porn

still standin, photo by paulhitz. The other day I noticed a big spike on one of the most popular posts of all time on Michigan in Pictures, slumpy … the William Livingstone Mansion in Detroit’s Brush Park which tells the story of the fall of this iconic ruin in 2007. The culprit for this increased…

Michigan Central Station panoramic tour

Michigan Central Station, photo by jeanpierrelavoie. Let’s go for a ride, shall we? Chris Sebok sent me a link to this amazing panoramic walkthrough of Detroit’s Michigan Central Station by Montreal photographer Jean-Pierre Lavoie (part of his Detroit set). It’s an extremely cool walkthrough that you have to see to believe! NOTE: There is sound…

Photos of Michigan Central Station

Michigan Central Station, photo by Grant Zoschnick Photography. On Tuesday the Detroit City Council passed a resolution for expedited demolition of Michigan Central Station alias Michigan Central Depot alias MCS alias Detroit’s largest ruin. David Kohrman’s Forgotten Detroit has tons of historical photos and a detailed history of Michigan Central Depot that begins: When the…

Detroit’s Michigan Central Station

The introduction to Detroit’s Michigan Central Station says the Michigan Central Station was designed by Warren & Wetmore and Reed & Stem, the firms who were the architects of New York’s Grand Central Station. It opened in 1913, and by the time this 1921 photograph (above) was taken, the Beaux Art ideal had been reached.…

Chelsea Michigan turns 175 … but where is all the history?

L1350165a, photo by jeff and leyla. Chelsea, Michigan holds its 175th Anniversary Celebration June 25-28 with 4 days of events including a parade, youth activities, contests, music and folks in period costumes – family oriented fun. This is the space where I would normally tell you something about the history of the town, but even…

Kalamazoo Fire Department: Truck 17 in front of Old Central

Truck 17 In front of Old Central, photo by Stoney06. Joel Dinda knows old photos, so it’s not at all surprising that he found this great collection of historical photos from Brian Stone of the fire stations, fire trucks and the men of the Kalamazoo. An added plus are his informative captions such as the…

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…

What Are You So Afraid Of?

What Are You So Afraid Of?, photo by Thomas Hawk If there’s a King of Flickr, it’s probably Thomas Hawk. One of his projects is to document the 100 Largest American Cities, and back in June of 2010 he visited Detroit. His massive #11 Detroit, MI slideshow is heavy on the ruin of the Motor City but I think you’ll really…