Detroit 33bw


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Michigan Central Station – Corktown – Detroit | 1914 – Warren & Wetmore, Reed and Stem

Michigan Central Station was the main intercity passenger rail depot for Detroit, Michigan. Built for the Michigan Central Railroad, it replaced the original depot in downtown Detroit, which was shuttered after a major fire on December 26, 1913, forcing the still unfinished station into early service. Formally dedicated on January 4, 1914, the station remained open for business until the cessation of Amtrak service on January 6, 1988. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest rail station in the world. The same architects were responsible for Grand Central Terminal in New York City and the parallel styles are evident.

The city's Roosevelt Park serves as a grand entryway to the station, and is one of the only realized grand plans for this ambitious project that were mostly scrapped by majority landowner Henry Ford. Ambitious plans, including projects to connect the station to the Cultural Center via a wide boulevard and a Michigan Central Railway Tunnel under the Detroit River, never came to fruition.

The building has been vacant since 1988, with multiple revitalization project plans never quite closing the deal. The building is privately owned and repair work, including drying & securing the basement and replacing the windows, has taken place to prepare the property for redevelopment and/or acquisition. Research is being conducted to propose a high speed rail link between Detroit & Chicago and plans suggest Michigan Central Station be incorporated as a new passenger hub.

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About Ashland Thomas

Chicago, IL

Ashland grew up in Southeast Virginia surrounded by lush rural landscapes, great protected swamp lands, national & state parks, the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, the breathtaking Skyline Drive & Blue Ridge Mountains, and the inlets & oceans of Virginia & North Carolina.

It was this constant variation in natural beauty that first drew his eye to the camera; that, and the constant joy of capturing life's candid moments on film. Although no particular subject is banned from the lens of Ashland's camera, it is landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, and nature that truly captures his heart.

"There's always more to see, more to learn, more to be wowed about-I just hope you enjoy what I see in the world."

A constant staple on the likes of Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook, Ashland currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and looks forward to many more years of development, collaboration, creativity, world travel, and art.

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