Michael shot and profiled 31 depots across the state, from Detroit to Three Oaks to Iron Mountain, for his book, Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations.
At our meeting he will present a slideshow and discuss the evolution of the train station and the styles architects employed to both tame and exalt rail transportation. Using news accounts, literature and film, Hodges considers the central role the depot once played as the nation's principal crossroads — a much-loved public space that has no real parallel in American life today
Michael H. Hodges covers art and architecture for the Detroit News, where he's worked since the early 1990s. He also writes and photographs the newspaper's architecture blog. A native of the Detroit area, Hodges grew upon a dairy farm thirty miles north of the city. He confesses to being crazy about architecture, an obsession he blames on the six years he spent as a student at Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, one of North America's great, idyllic campuses.