Third Friday Lecture Series: Michigan’S Historic Railroad Stations With Michael H. Hodges

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Third Friday Lecture Series: Michigan’S Historic Railroad Stations With Michael H. Hodges
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Preservation Detroit says
Friday, February 19
Lecture at 7, doors at 6:30
David Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue
PD members attend for free, $5 suggested donation for other guests
Not a member? Join at the door and you get in for free!

Join us for Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations as writer and photographer Michael H. Hodges presents depots ranging from functioning Amtrak stops (Jackson) to converted office buildings (Battle Creek) and spectacular abandoned wrecks (Saginaw and Detroit) to highlight the beauty of these iconic structures and remind readers of the key role architecture and historic preservation play in establishing an area’s sense of place. When the railroad revolutionized passenger travel in the nineteenth century, architects were forced to create from scratch a building to accommodate the train’s sudden centrality in social and civic life. The resulting depots, particularly those built in the glory days from 1890 to 1925, epitomize the era’s optimism and serve as physical anchors to both the past and the surrounding urban fabric.

About the Lecturer
Michael H. Hodges covers art and architecture for The Detroit News, where he's worked since 1991. “Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations” is his first book, and was named a Michigan Notable Book by the State Library in 2012. Hodges blames his architectural obsessions on the beautiful Oakland County dairy farm he grew up on, and his six years at the Cranbrook School for Boys, one of N. America’s great, idyllic campuses.

About our Third Friday Lectures:
Third Friday Lectures are generally held on the third Friday of most months at Mackenzie House (4735 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201). Our Third Friday Lecture Series is made possible by the generous donations of our members. Its mission is to share the tales of Detroit’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, and architects and build support for historic preservation’s importance in revitalizing our neighborhoods.
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