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Old Ann Arbor MICHIGAN CENTRAL DEPOT 1903
Photo #1091 (Use this photo number when ordering)
by Jan Kaulins
OLD VINTAGE ANN ARBOR Photo picture print photography for sale of the OLD MICHIGAN CENTRAL DEPOT RAILROAD STATION ca. 1903. This is a wonderful old vintage Ann Arbor historic landmark picture photo print for sale showing a row of white horses and carriages lined up in front of the MICHIGAN CENTRAL RAILROAD DEPOT. The GANDY DANCER RESTAURANT now occupies this historic structure.
"The elegant 1886 Michigan Central Railroad Station at 401 Depot Street, now the Gandy Dancer restaurant, testifies to the importance of train travel a hundred years ago. No expense was spared to make this massive two-towered stone building what the Ann Arbor Register called "the finest station on the line between Buffalo and Chicago."
Access to a railroad line could mean the difference between life and death for a struggling young town in the mid-nineteenth century. Before the Michigan Central reached Ann Arbor in 1839, a trip to Detroit was a difficult all-day affair on horseback. On the train, it could be done comfortably in two and a half hours. The movement of freight improved even more dramatically. The depot swiftly became the funnel through which virtually all traffic in and out of the city passed.
The Michigan Central was putting up new depots all along its route when the Ann Arbor station was built, but each had its own unique design. Ann Arbor's was designed by Detroit architect Frederick Spier (who also designed the Kelsey Museum and St. Thomas Catholic Church) in the then-popular Richardson Romanesque style. It was built by Gearing and Sons of Detroit of glacial stones quarried from Four Mile Lake between Chelsea and Dexter and cut at Foster's Station on Huron River Drive near Maple Road.
The inside was elegant, with stained-glass windows, red oak ceilings and trim, and French tile floors, and even separate waiting areas for men and women. Ivy grew up the side of the building, petunias and carnations were planted around it, and a fountain spurted at the point of a triangular garden just east of the baggage shed, where the Gandy Dancer's valet parking lot is now. In the 1880's, gardens were considered an important element in railroad station design--after all, the station was the first impression visitors received of the town." A2 Observer
THESE BLACK AND WHITE OLD VINTAGE ANN ARBOR PHOTO ART PRINTS FOR SALE ARE HIGH QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTIONS MADE FROM ORIGINAL OLD VINTAGE HISTORICAL ANN ARBOR FIRST GENERATION PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS AND/OR ORIGINAL NEGATIVES. THESE SEPIA TONED OLD VINTAGE ANN ARBOR BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO PICTURE PRINTS FOR SALE ARE OFFERED HERE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. THE RARE OLD ORIGINAL PHOTOS AND BLACK AND WHITE NEGATIVES USED FOR THESE PRINTS HAVE BEEN OBTAINED FROM HISTORICAL SOCIETIES, NATIONAL ARCHIVES, THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND NUMEROUS PRIVATE COLLECTIONS. IT HAS TAKEN SEVERAL YEARS TO PUT THESE OFFERINGS TOGETHER.
AS WELL AS THIS VINTAGE OLD ANN ARBOR MI PHOTO SERIES, I ALSO OFFER AN EVEN LARGER OLD HISTORICAL DETROIT PHOTO SERIES WHICH CAN BE SEEN ON MY WEBSITE AT WWW.OldDetroitPhotos.com MANY OF THESE PHOTOS ORIGINALLY CAME FROM OLD DEFUNCT NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINE ARCHIVES, WHERE THEY WERE USED ONCE FOR A STORY. THEN USUALLY JUST THIS ONE OR TWO REFERENCE ORIGINAL PRINTS WERE MADE AND KEPT FOR THEIR ARCHIVES. HENCE, THESE HISTORICAL IMAGES WERE NOT ORIGINALLY MADE TO BE FOR SALE, BUT WERE TO BE USED AS IMAGES FOR NEWS STORIES AS THEY UNFOLDED--MAKING THESE IMAGES EXTREMELY RARE HAVING SURVIVED SO MANY YEARS. MANY OF THE REPRODUCED HISTORICAL OLD VINTAGE ANN ARBOR PHOTOS PRINTS FOR SALE SHOWN HERE ARE OVER 100 YEARS OLD. VERY FEW OF THESE IMAGES HAVE EVER BEEN OFFERED FOR SALE TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL NOW.
THE ORIGINAL OLD ANN ARBOR BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS HAVE BEEN DIGITALLY RE-MASTERED AND MAJOR FLAWS, SUCH AS TEARS, SRACTCHES, MISSING PIECES, FOLDS, INK STAINS ETC. ON THESE RARE PHOTOS HAVE BEEN PAINSTAKINGLY REMOVED AND CORRECTED AND HIGH QUALITY PRINTS OF THESE HISTORIC RARE DETROIT AND ANN ARBOR BLACK AND WHITE SEPIA TONED PHOTOS PRINTS FOR SALE ARE NOW OFFERED, FOR THE FIRST TIME, ON THIS WEBSITE. THESE PHOTOS HAVE BEEN BEAUTIFUL RESTORED AND ARTISTICALLY SEPIA TONED AND ARE OFFERD IN A LIMITED EDITION OF INDIVIDUALLY PRINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS. THEY ARE READY FOR DISPLAY IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE. HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN AND ENJOY SOME VERY SPECIAL AND UNIQUE DETROIT AND ANN ARBOR HISTORY. And, of course, the Watermark and contact info shown on the web image will NOT be on the photo that you order.
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