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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Detroit became the largest city in the nation’s history to file for bankruptcy protection after decades of mismanagement turned what once was the country’s hub of automotive ingenuity into a hollow shell of what it once was.
Detroit is now officially the US Captial of Urban Decay with over 75,000 abandoned buildings scattered the Detroit area with little hope of ever being salvaged.
Detroit has definitely been challenged. Visitors are often surprised to learn how many of the tall buildings that once stood proud are hollow, abandoned shells. The greatest example of Detroit urban decay is clearly Michigan Central Station.
Building construction was completed in 1913 when it become Detroit’s rail hub for passenger train service with the Michigan Central Railroad. Amtrack took over service decades later but shuttered the doors on January 6, 1988 when service ended.
Michigan Central Station is located in the heart of Detroit’s Corktown district near the Ambassador Bridge and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It is the tallest building in the area making it impossible to miss when driving on I-94 through the city.
The building architecture is magnificent and has been featured in numerous television shows, music videos and movies (e.g. Transformers, 2006).
These the images below are some of our favorites that we have been able to capture over the years. If you would like addtional information on them, please feel free to contact us online or call 313-883-9500.