Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Train Depot, Detroit.

The Michigan Central Railway was designed by Warren & Wetmore and Reed and Stern, the same firms who designed the Grand Central Terminal in New York. Just a mile from Downtown Detroit, the Depot serviced passengers from 1913 through 1988, although a major decline in traffic began after WWII .

Per our friend Wikipedia:

At the beginning of World War I, the peak of rail travel in the United States, more than two hundred trains left the station each day and lines would stretch from the boarding gates to the main entrance. In the 1940s, more than four thousand passengers a day used the station and more than three thousand people worked in its office tower. Among those who arrived at MCS were Presidents Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman and Franklin D. Roosevelt, actor Charlie Chaplin and inventor Thomas Edison.

To read more on Michigan Central Station's interior stylings and history, click here.