...simulate the stone found throughout the building, some of which still remains despite decades of weathering. The remnants will be used as a template for the new plaster.
Ford embarked on the years-long preservation project after purchasing Michigan Central Station in 2018. The plasterwork is taking place at the same time as extensive repairs to the Guastavino vaulted ceiling in the waiting room. The impressive ceiling features 22,000 square feet of clay tiles covering three self-supporting arches.
The next phase of interior restoration will involve bringing new piping, floors, plumbing and electricals to the building and finishing structural repairs. Construction is on track to be complete by the end of 2022.
Michigan Central Station is set to become the centerpiece of Ford’s new 30-acre mobility innovation district in Corktown that will help define the way people and goods move around in the future. The station will be open to the public with locally inspired restaurants, shops, hospitality services and public amenities, in addition to modern office spaces for Ford employees and the company’s innovation partners.