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Michigan Central Station

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Michigan Central Station
Michigan Central Railroad Terminal
Michigan Central Depot


Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [under renovation]
curtain wall
light gray light brown


commercial office
hotel shop(s) restaurant café conferencing space


  • The office block, faced with yellow brick, adjoins the station at the rear and dominates the whole complex.
  • The Michigan Central Railroad Station was designed by the architects of New York's Grand Central Terminal.
  • Located just west of the central city, it faces Roosevelt Park, planned by Edward H. Bennett as part of Judge Augustus Woodward's overall vision for Detroit.
  • This building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
  • Level A was a mezzanine. Level B is a storage level. Level C is a mechanical level with floors 1-15 above as office floors.
  • The roof of the rail station is 98 feet high and the waiting room ceiling is 54.5 feet high.
  • In June of 2005, plans fell apart to move the Detroit Police Department to the building, as the extensive renovation and subsequent move were deemed too costly.
  • The structure contains a massive basement level that was used for mail and baggage purposes.
  • In Spring 2003, the Michigan Central Station was added to a short list of possible sites to replace the circa-1922 Albert Kahn-designed Detroit Police Headquarters at 1300 Beaubien Street. Another candidate is the former The Press/321.
  • The interior of the top five floors of the office tower were never finished, as high demand for office space in the tower never materialized.
  • The entire station was shuttered on January 6, 1988, after the facility had become too expensive to maintain with greatly decreased passenger traffic. Amtrak then utilized a platform adjacent to the station before moving to their present station in the New Center neighborhood.
  • It was announced in June 2018 that Ford Motor Company had acquired the former station and would make it the centerpiece of its new Detroit mobility campus.
  • During renovations 227,000 gallons of water were removed from the basement and sub-basement.
  • To ensure a perfect match, limestone used to recreate decayed elements of the facade were taken from the same Indiana quarry the original limestone came from. Capital Stoneworks, of Bridgeport, Michigan, fabricated the replacement sections.
  • The station’s passenger shelters were demolished in 2000. The platforms formerly were accessed via tunnel from the station.
  • Historically the station contained a dining room, lunch counter, employee cafeteria, drugstore, cigar shop, barber shop, ladies’ waiting room, and a newsstand.

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2405 West Vernor Highway
2405 West Vernor Highway

Technical Data

230.00 ft
230.00 ft
345.00 ft
266.00 ft
Jun 1912
Dec 1913
Dec 2018 - 2023

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark
  • Conference center is available
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