Michigan Central Station - August 2011
View on black
Abandoned properties are everywhere in and around the city of Detroit. Roosevelt Park is no exception to this. Luckily, the Roosevelt Hotel and surrounding park area are the subject of a revival effort from Phillip Cooley (owner of Slow's BBQ, mmmmmm) and members of the Roosevelt Park Revival project.
Roosevelt Park is an important part of the original "Corktown" in Detroit, Michigan. Many Irish immigrant families used this area to spend time with their friends and familes or tailgate before Detroit Tiger Games. Who knows what the future will hold for this area? Some ideas include a skateboard park and improved housing for the area.
Michigan Central Station is one of the most iconic structures in Detroit. It is in a very sad state of disrepair and its future remains uncertain. Recently, there has been some renewed interest in renovating this structure - the owner (Manuel Moroun) has committed to replacing the roof and the windows to prevent further damage to the structure. Perhaps this decision will entice a tenant to move in.
Some interesting facts about this building include:
- Built in 1913 at a cost of $15 million USD
- Appears in several films such as Transformers (2006)
- Prominent role in Eminem's music videos, espcially "8-Mile" and "Beutiful".
- The building is of the Beaux-Arts Classical style of architecture, designed by the Warren & Wetmore and Reed and Stem firms who also designed New York City's Grand Central Terminal.
- It's about 500,000 square feet
- The main waiting room on the main floor was modeled after an ancient Roman bathhouse with walls of marble and vaulted ceilings
If you ever get the chance, be sure to stop by and visit this site before it's gone or changed forever. It's been virtually ignored since 1956.
More information about Phillip and the other efforts can be found here:
Shot with a Canon 7d, 15-85 lens
3 shot HDR (+/- 1 stop)