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.