In 1913, the Michigan Central
Station opened its majestic entrances to the world. Designed by Warren & Wetmore and Reed
& Stern (the same architectural firm who designed New York’s Grand Central
Terminal), MC’s combination headquarters office building and Detroit station
was a marvel of grandeur and comfort any traveler lucky enough to utilize
it. Soldiers went to war, families both
separated and rejoined, and folks looking for an honest living in the Motor
City all walked the Michigan Central's elegant corridors. Since the last train departed in 1988, the
structure fell prey to rapid deterioration.
This book captures the glory of the Michigan Central and its Detroit
environs. Using photographs from the Burton Historical as well as private
collections, the book illustrates the use of the Michigan Central Station by a
city whose story dramatically parallels that of this magnificent structure.
Author Bio: Kelli B. Kavanaugh is currently administrator of the Corktown
Citizens District Council, which represents the neighborhood adjacent to the
Michigan Central Station. In addition,
she spent time as a contributing editor for Motormouth, a local magazine and
Be aware that the accuracy of some of Arcadia’s home-spun histories is sometimes questionable. Hence, your NYCSHS directors would be interested in reviews by knowledgeable members.
Published by Arcadia Publishing, this softcover retails for $22, with NYCSHS members paying only $17.60. Shipping is extra and Ohio residents must add 8% Ohio sales tax.