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Gandy Dancer (Ann Arbor Depot of the Michigan Central Railroad)

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Ann Arbor Depot of the Michigan Central Railroad
1886, Frederick H. Spier of Spier and Rohns; 1969–1970, 1975 rehabilitations, Donald E. Van Curler Associates. 401 Depot St.

This railroad complex by Detroit architect Spier (1855–1931), who, with Rohns, was noted for the firm's designs for depots on the Michigan Central and Grand Trunk railroad lines, was acclaimed by the Ann Arbor Courier on its completion in 1886 as the finest station between Buffalo and Chicago. This depot's Richardsonian Romanesque character is powerfully expressed by the native granite fieldstone; the bold massing of the squat tower, turret, and gables; the deep-set round-arched openings on the lower level with groupings of smaller windows above the entrance arch; and the eyelid windows. The energetic patterns of the arches, the large scale of the rock-faced masonry, and the weight of the massing all tell of the prestige of the Michigan Central Railroad Company. Van Curler Associates rehabilitated the depot for use as a restaurant.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert

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