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Michigan Central Station - Photos

The sun rises over downtown Detroit, as seen from Michigan Central Station.

Tiger Stadium falls, looking west on Michigan Avenue toward Michigan Central Station on April 17, 2009.

The lobby of MCS lit up at night

Morning at Michigan Central Station

On Feb. 7, 2013, a window was installed at the top of the station. A sign of things to come? Or just a tease?

In the fall of 2012, Michigan Central Station's exterior was illuminated with architectural lighting.

The grand facade of Michigan Central Station

A hallway in the office tower

The waiting room of Michigan Central Station

Michigan Central Station stands alone along Michigan Avenue

A grand window of the waiting room

The waiting room of Michigan Central Station

The cornice of Michigan Central Station

Hundreds of thousands of people passed here on their way to trains that huffed and puffed them away to distant locations.

The massive waiting room of Michigan Central

The lobby of Michigan Central

The lobby of Michigan Central

Michigan Central Station is perhaps the most infamous abandoned building in the world.

The ghostly beauty of Michigan Central on a foggy morning

Fog fills a room in the office tower

The massive windows in the waiting room

Sunlight bursts through broken glass into the waiting room

The ceiling of the waiting room

The waiting room.

One of the upper floors in the empty office tower

The waiting room of Michigan Central Station

The waiting room of Michigan Central Station

The top of Michigan Central Station

The rear elevation of Michigan Central Station as seen from the air

Michigan Central in the winter snow.

Michigan Central has been ravaged by scrappers and vandals.

The front of MCS has been landscaped.