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Forgotten Detroit, Michigan Central


When a friend of mine returned from a trip to Detroit he had taken some pictures from the abandoned Michigan Central Depot. I was not aware that Detroit is known for one of the most stunning collections of pre-depression architecture in the world.


The past two decades have seen several of these treasures sit vacant, waiting for economic revival. No other Detroit ruin has become such a center of attention as the Michigan Central Depot. It has been the subject of countless newspaper articles, books, and even TV commercials. Perhaps this attention is due to the station's monumental but battered architecture. Nothing else in the city can quite match it for shear magnificence. View it as the ultimate symbol of the automobile's complete triumph over public transportation.


“There's nothing like it, as far as I know, anywhere in the states,” said Lance Flores, a Dallas-based producer, director and screenwriter who wants to shoot inside the old depot. “It's elegant and haunting.”


Yes, Hollywood took note of it. What about an Oscar nomination for Best Set Design?


images by J.A. Lievre


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