Ford Invites You to Check Out an Iconic Detroit Lobby at the End of This Week –  Deadline Detroit

The Great Hall in 1916, two years after the rail depot opened. (Detroit Public Library photo from Burton Historical Collection)

No longer is Michigan Central Station an edgy attraction for stealthy urban explorers with headlamps or ruin porn shooters chasing cliché images.

This will be a place of the people again, as it was from 1914-88. And for 19 hours this Friday through Sunday, the Beaux Arts landmark’s doors reopen for we the people, any of us curious to see the cathedral-like Grand Hall with its Doric columns. (Spoiler: The view isn’t quite the same as a century ago.)

Ford Motor Co., the new landlord, offers three days of free, self-guided tours in the lobby where passengers started and ended business trips, distant vacations, family reunions, military duty and other life passages in bygone eras.

Hours are 1-6 p.m. this Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the next two weekend days.

Ian Thibodeau of The Detroit News posts details:

Ford and the Detroit Historical Society will have a curated exhibit inside the 18-story, 500,000-square-foot building recently purchased by the automaker. Artifacts will provide glimpses of the depot’s history. Visitors will get a first look at a documentary on the train station.

Unlike a train trip, no ticket or reservation is needed. Just line up outside the pure Detroit showplace and imagine what it was like for rail riders of the past.

All aboard!

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