Michigan Central Railroad Standish Depot

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Michigan Central Railroad Standish Depot
Michigan Central Railroad Depot - Standish Michigan.jpg
Michigan Central Railroad Standish Depot is located in Michigan
Michigan Central Railroad Standish Depot
Location 107 N. Main St., Standish, Michigan
Coordinates 43°59′0″N 83°57′37″W / 43.98333°N 83.96028°W / 43.98333; -83.96028Coordinates: 43°59′0″N 83°57′37″W / 43.98333°N 83.96028°W / 43.98333; -83.96028
Area less than one acre
Built by Adams & Rogers
Architect Spier & Rohns
Architectural style Richardsonian Romanesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 91000215[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 28, 1991
Designated MSHS August 27, 1977[2]

The Michigan Central Railroad Standish Depot is a railroad depot located at 107 North Main Street in Standish, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1977[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1]

History[edit]

In 1870, the Jackson, Lansing and Saginaw Railroad constructed a line through this section of Arenac County to connect Bay City with Mackinaw City.[3] The next year, the Michigan Central Railroad leased the line to begin passenger service.[2] The city of Standish was developed on this railroad line. The first depot, located south of the current structure, was built in 1871 of wood.[4] By 1887, the depot was badly deteriorated, and Michigan Central promised to replace it[3] as part of their push to upgrade depots throughout the state.[4] They hired the Detroit architectural firm of Spier & Rohns to design this depot.[2] Adams and Rogers of Detroit constructed the depot,[2] using stones provided by local farmers.[3] Construction began in May 1889 and the depot was completed in October 1889.[4]

The area around the depot was made into a park, with a bandstand and weekly concerts.[5] However, by the 1920s, both the park and the depot itself were being used less and less as passenger traffic fell off.[5] In 1955, the last passenger train stopped in Standish.[5] The depot was used for freight until 1965 or 66, and then shuttered.[3] In 1988, it was renovated and converted into office space.[6] It is currently used as a welcome center along US 23.[7]

Description[edit]

The Michigan Central Railroad depot is a single story Richardsonian Romanesque structure constructed from fieldstone on a fieldstone foundation.[2] Stone slabs are used for the window sills and lintels. The steep roof has a gable at one end and a hip roof at the other. The front facade has a central entrance reached from a broad porch, flanked by building extensions of the freight room and waiting room.[2]

The entrance opens into the former waiting room, which takes up the north 2/3 of the structure.[6] The former freight room occupies the south section of the building, with a small ticket office taking up one section of the waiting area. The current configuration maintains the historical floor plan, with the addition of a small bathroom in the former freight room. The interior ceilings are 12 feet (3.7 m) high, finished with toungue-and-groove. Similar tongue-and-groove birch wood finished the lower half of the walls, above which is plaster.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Michigan Central Railroad Standish Depot". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Founding of the former M.C. Standish Train Depot". Standish Historical Depot and Welcome Center. 2009. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "History of the Standish Depot". Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "A Brief History of the Standish Depot". Standish Historical Depot and Welcome Center. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Architecture of the Standish Depot". Standish Historical Depot and Welcome Center. 2009. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Standish Historical Depot and Welcome Center". Standish Historical Depot and Welcome Center. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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Mackinaw City – Detroit
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