While we are all familiar with New York City’s Grand Central Station and Toronto’s Union Station, you can be forgiven if Michigan Central Station (2405 West Vernor Hwy, Detroit MI) isn’t the first transit center that comes to mind.
When the building was originally constructed in 1913, it was intended to be a key gateway to the Midwest. By the 1970s, however, the impressive station fell into a massive state of disrepair and the last train that departed from the station left in the 1980s. While most cities would abolish something so undesirable and clearly irreparable (especially with its broken windows and graffiti-laced walls), the fallen Greek temple is an odd marketing tool. It has served as the backdrop for a variety of Hollywood films including Four Brothers and Transformers.
While numerous attempts have been made to destroy the building that is owned by billionaire Manuel “Matty” Moroun, preservationists and historians alike have stalled those plans, claiming that the station can be brought back to life with the right funding.
If you are in the Detroit area, it’s definitely worth a look and a couple of touristy photos. With that being said, access to the building is restricted so make sure you take outdoor pics only.