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MICHIGAN CENTRAL STATION

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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 decline and final closure in 1988. The majority of photos in this set were taken between 2006 and 2009 when the station was in its greatest state of despair—wide open with scrappers and vandals 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 the owners have started a very slow and perplexing restoration operation. But even after several decades of neglect, there is still hope that this building will someday be returned to its original glory...

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
Michigan Central Depot -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography
Roosevelt Park, circa 2015. BUY PHOTO

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