Art Deco Train Stations

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This section focuses on Art Deco era train stations. The enormousness of most of these structures relative to the decline in passenger traffic has led to their destruction or abandonment. In some miraculous cases, they have been adapted for other uses. If you know of any stations not included here, I'd love to hear about them. Enjoy!

Union Pacific Station [gone]
Las Vegas, NV

The Las Vegas Union Pacific Station was the best example of Streamline Moderne in Las Vegas. It was built in 1940 and replaced a 30-year-old Spanish-style station. It was demolished in the mid-1960s to build the Union Plaza Hotel. Amtrak continued train service to the back of the hotel until 1993. For more, see this website.

former Union Station
Omaha, NE

Omaha's Union Station was built in 1931 and operated until 1971. The building was restored in 1996 and now serves as the Durham Western Heritage Museum. The building is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Pennsylvania Station
Newark, NJ

Newark's Penn Station was designed by McKim, Mead & White (same architects as New York's original Penn Station). The station opened in 1935. It is a Art Deco masterpiece and still fully functioning, well-maintained train station. Plaques around the Main Waiting Room depict the history of transportation, globe lights are encircled by astrological signs, and benches still bear the inlaid logo of the Pennsylvania Rail Road. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Texas & Pacific Railway Terminal
Fort Worth, TX

The Texas & Pacific Railway Terminal, aka the T&P; station, was built in 1931 in the Zigzag Moderne style. Originally, the upper floors were used as office space. In 1957, the railroad vacated the terminal. The lobby was restored in 1999 and the Trinity Railway Express, a commuter train, began operation here in 2001. In 2002, the building's conversion into condos began. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Union Station
South Bend, IN

Union Station opened in 1929. It was designed by Fellheimer & Wagner who also designed the Buffalo Central and Cincinnati Union terminals. It officially closed as a train station in 1970 when Amtrak moved their operations elsewhere in South Bend. The station is now used by Global Access Point, an off-site computer data center. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [bottom photos thanks Lori Zimmerman]

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