Detroit News Fine Arts Writer Michael Hodges Discusses Michigan's Vanishing Train Stations: Architecture, History And Sense Of Place

This event was held on November 28, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In this lecture and slideshow, Detroit News reporter Michael H. Hodges discusses the functional and stylistic evolution of the train station over the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the range of styles architects employed to both tame and exalt rail transportation. With references to news accounts, literature and film, he will also examine the central role the train station once played as the nation's principal crossroads -- a much-used, much-loved public space that has no real analogue in American life today.

Michael H. Hodges covers art and architecture for The Detroit News, where he's worked since 1991. His new coffee-table book, Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations photographs and profiles 31 depots (including Ann Arbor) across the state, from Detroit to Three Oaks to Iron Mountain).

Michael will also sign copies of the book (which will be for sale) following the event. For more information on this event, call the Library at 327-4555 or visit our website at

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