Michigan Central Station’s Grand Reopening Generates Buzz in Detroit and Beyond

Kristina von Tish, CPSM, LEED Green Associate
Kristina von Tish
CPSM, LEED Green Associate
June 20, 2024
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We can’t wait to see what the next hundred years has in store for this landmark building and the Motor City.
Michigan Central Station’s restored Grand Hall.

Michigan Central Station, Detroit’s iconic train station turned technology hub, reopened to the public on June 6 with an epic outdoor concert attended by 20,000 people and streamed live by thousands more. Since then, a flurry of events has welcomed an estimated 60,000 people to The Station.

Quinn Evans’ restoration of the vacant Station to its historic grandeur has been praised by media outlets from Axios Detroit to Architectural Record. The New York Times reported on the catalytic effect of The Station’s redevelopment on the surrounding neighborhood, while Fast Company described the project as “ambitious, expansive, and possibly crazy.”

The abandoned train station was the national symbol of Detroit’s decline and bankruptcy. So the fact that not only has the city come back, but that the train station has come back…. It’s now about the future, not about the past.
Richard Hess speaking at the “Adapting Historic Structures for Contemporary Culture” panel event at Michigan Central Station. His fellow panelists are (left to right): Maurice Cox, former director of planning for the City of Detroit; Muyiwa Oki, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects; Kimberly Dowdell, president of the American Institute of Architects; and Melissa Dittmer, Michigan Central’s Head of Place.

Richard Hess, AIA, our principal in charge for The Station, has been in high demand, appearing on WDET’s The Metro and CBS News Detroit and giving countless interviews to journalists. Preservation architect Angela Wyrembelski, AIA, has also been busy, speaking to WXYZ Detroit and receiving a profile in the Detroit Free Press.

We’re honored and humbled to see Detroiters’ outpouring of pride in the restored Station. We can’t wait to see what the next hundred years has in store for this landmark building and the Motor City.  

[Michigan Central Station] is another great example that Detroit’s not stopping and nothing will ever get in our way. We’re a city of innovators and doers, and this is just another step forward.

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Quinn Evans Restores Detroit’s Michigan Central Station to Its Original Glory | The Architect’s Newspaper

Quinn Evans Recharges Detroit’s Michigan Central Station for a Second Life | Architectural Record

From Decay to Dazzling, Ford Restores Grandeur to Detroit Train Station That Once Symbolized Decline | The Associated Press

Detroit’s Once-abandoned Michigan Central Station Restored to Past Glory | Axios Detroit

Opinion: Train Station Rebirth Proof “Detroit Never Left” | Bridge Detroit

See Inside Ford’s New Tech Campus, a Century-old Detroit Train Station Restored for $950 Million | CNBC

Inside the Newly Renovated Michigan Central Station | Detroit Free Press

Michigan Central Station Chief Architect Had 2 Babies During 6-year Redevelopment Project | Detroit Free Press

Quinn Evans Completes Restoration of Historic Detroit Station for Ford Offices | Dezeen

112-year-old Train Depot Finds New Glory in Renovation | Engineering News-Record

Why Ford Spent $1 Billion to Transform an Abandoned Detroit Train Station | Fast Company

Historic Michigan Central Station Restored, Reopened | Mid-Michigan Now

Abandoned Detroit Train Station Becomes a Symbol of City’s Turnaround | NBC

Ford Rescues Michigan Central Station in Detroit as It Plots Its Own Future | The New York Times

Before and After: The Historic Restoration of Michigan Central Station | Urbanize Detroit

The Transformation of Detroit’s Iconic Michigan Central Station | WDET

Architect Angela Wyrembelski on the Inside Story of the Michigan Central Restoration | WXYZ

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