MICHIGAN CENTRAL STATION

Opened in 1913, Michigan Central Station (aka "Michigan Central Depot") is one of the most majestic and historic buildings in Detroit. Although it was built with the grandeur of New York City's Grand Central Terminal, many factors contributed to its decine and final closure in 1988. All that is left now is an empty shell that has fallen victim to neglect and the force of the elements.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The photos in this set were taken between 2006 and 2009 when the station was in its greatest state of despair—wide open with scrappers, vandals, and everybody else coming and going as they pleased. My goal was to document the entire building before talk of its demolition became reality. Since 2010, the building has been sealed and a perplexing and slow restoration operation has begun. Exploration is not recommended.

Michigan Central Depot -- © 2008 Joe Braun Photography

The front of the magnificent Michigan Central Station in the early morning light.  BUY PHOTO

Michigan Central Depot -- © 2008 Joe Braun Photography

The station dressed up in Halloween gloom.  BUY PHOTO

Michigan Central Depot -- © 2008 Joe Braun Photography

Guardian of the main entrance.  BUY PHOTO

Michigan Central Depot -- © 2008 Joe Braun Photography

Broken glass in the great window above the waiting room.  BUY PHOTO

Michigan Central Depot -- © 2008 Joe Braun Photography

Looking up at the faux pillars outside the top two floors.  BUY PHOTO

Michigan Central Depot -- © 2008 Joe Braun Photography

Nothing says "welcome home" like barbed wire.  BUY PHOTO

Michigan Central Depot -- © 2009 Joe Braun Photography

MCS and the Roosevelt Warehouse on a cold winter day.  BUY PHOTO

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