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This is a proposal for a new Lego Architecture set: The Michigan Central Station in Detroit, United States.

The building:

Michigan Central Station (also known as Michigan Central Depot or MCS) was the main intercity passenger rail depot for Detroit, Michigan. Formally dedicated on January 4, 1914, the station remained open for business until the cessation of Amtrak service on January 6, 1988. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest rail station in the world. The building is located in the Corktown district of Detroit. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Restoration projects and plans have gone as far as the negotiation process, but none has come to fruition. In 2011, work began to remove glass and add new windows. New architectural Lighting has been recently installed.

The building is of the Beaux-Arts Classical style of architecture, designed by the Warren & Wetmore and Reed and Stem firms who also designed New York City's Grand Central Terminal. It is composed of two distinct parts: the train station itself and the 18-story tower. The roof height is 230 feet (70 m). The original ideas for the tower included a hotel, offices for the rail company, or a combination of both. In reality, the tower was only used for office space by the Michigan Central Railroad and subsequent owners of the building. The tower was never completely utilized; the top floors were never completely furnished, and served no function.

In 2008, the station owners said that their goal was to renovate the decaying building that closed in 1988. In 2011, in an effort to push forward a potential sale and redevelopment of the depot, owners announced plans to work with the City of Detroit on beginning building's renovation and looking for potential proposals and concepts for redevelopment.

The model:

As Usual, I designed the model to fit in Lego Architecture Line. Because the building is tall, the scale has to be small. So how to represent all these small windows? By using SNOT technique: vertical rows of windows are retranscribed with vertical transparent plates, so they are only 1 "flat" wide. This step determined the model scale. Front and back annexes use the SOT technique.

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