A landmark of civic pride for Detroiters and an emblem of the city’s robust industrial heritage, Michigan Central Station is set to be restored to its former Beaux-Arts glory and transformed into a vibrant mixed-use center and downtown destination.
Quinn Evans Architects is leading the modernization of this iconic building for owner Ford Motor Company, creating more than 640,000 square feet of office, retail, and residential space.
Past & Future Hub of Transportation
Built in 1913, the station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, but was abandoned in 1988. The towering building is in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, and was the fourth tallest building in the city when it opened and the tallest railroad station in the world. In one of the nation’s largest and most complex renovation projects, Ford plans to transform the building into the centerpiece of a new 1.2 million-square-foot campus that will serve as an innovation hub for autonomous vehicle design, helping to define the future of transportation.
“[Quinn Evans Architects] shares Ford’s passion for redeveloping Detroit’s landmark train station, ensuring the local community benefits from our presence and building the future of the transportation industry right here in Detroit.”
Program Manager, Ford Land
Ambitious Modernization That Honors Historic Legacy
QEA is combining carefully researched conservation efforts with contemporary design solutions to give the building new life as a state-of-the-art environment that honors its historic legacy. Laser scanning and 3D printing technology will support the replication of century-old details within the station’s interior, including molding, ornate plaster pieces, and figurines.
The ambitious modernization and adaptive use project will be guided in part by the preservation requirements of the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits program. QEA will work closely with representatives of the local neighborhood, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the City of Detroit’s Planning Department. Construction is expected to be complete in 2022.
Project in Progress
There is still a lot more to the story. Below is a list of selected news features and other media content that will be updated over the course of this project. Be sure to check back for developments.
Creating Tomorrow Together: A Neighborhood Newsletter from Ford
(Issue No. 1)
Ford Motor Company. March 2019.
Detroit Train Station Revamp: Here's What Happens in Phase 1
Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press. December 4, 2018.
Ford Begins First Phase of Renovations at Michigan Central Station
Max White, WXYZ Detroit. December 4, 2018.
Ford Selects Restoration Design and Construction Partners for Michigan Central Station.
Media Center, Ford Motor Company. November 8, 2018.