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Grand Trunk station
Grand Trunk Railroad
Grand Trunk Depot Lansing.jpg
View of station in 2014
Location Lansing, Michigan
United States.
Construction
Structure type one floor
Other information
Status restored
History
Opened 1902
Closed 1971
Previous names Grand Trunk Railroad
Former services
Preceding station Grand Trunk Western Railroad Following station
Potterville
toward Chicago
Main Line Trowbridge
toward Port Huron
Grand Trunk Western Rail Station/Lansing Depot
Location 1203 S. Washington Ave.
Lansing, Michigan
Built 1902
Architect Spier & Rohns
Architectural style Jacobethan
NRHP reference No. 80004605
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 3, 1980

The Grand Trunk Western station was a historic railroad station in Lansing, Michigan. The station was listed as a Michigan State Historic Site in 1978, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

History

Grand Trunk Station, Lansing
View of Station in 1910

The first rail line through Lansing was established in 1856 when the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad constructed a line through the city. This was followed in 1872 by the Michigan Central Railroad and in 1879 by the Chicago and Grand Trunk Railway. By the early 1900s there were six separate rail lines through the city. After the Chicago and Grand Trunk Railway reorganized in 1900, they built a series of new depots along their line. When REO Motor Car Company announced the construction of a new plant along the Grand Trunk line, the railroad decided to construct their new depot near the new REO plant.

Grand Trunk commissioned the firm of Spier & Rohns tp design the new depot. Construction on the new depot began in 1902 and was completed late that year. It served as a main depot for all passengers until 1971, when the railroad closed the station. In 1972, it was renovated as a restaurant. The building's exterior remains unchanged. Gerald R. Ford, who was from Michigan and the 38th president of the United States, dined here during a campaign tour on May 15, 1976.

The building was abandoned in the early 2000s. In 2010, the Lansing Board of Water & Light began construction of a powerplant adjacent to the depot, and included a full restoration of the station in the project.

Description

The Lansing Grand Trunk Western station is a single story, rectangular Jacobethan style red-brick building on a gray ashlar foundation. It measures 33 feet wide and 107 feet long. The main entrance is housed in a two-story, ten-foot square brick tower which is topped by a crenelated parapet. The roof is covered with red tile, and has overhanging eaves. The window hoods, sills, facings, and gable copings are of Bedford limestone. At one end of the building is a waiting platform, covered with a gable roof supported by wooden posts.

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