Forum Journal (Summer 2013) Iconic Urban Buildings - Train Stations


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Forum Journal (Summer 2013) Iconic Urban Buildings - Train Stations

  1. 1. Train StationsEnhanced Content:Iconic Urban Buildings
  2. 2. Train stations played a crucial role in thedevelopment of many American cities. However,changes in transportation have left many ofthem vulnerable to disrepair, abandonment, andultimately demolition.• Many urban train stations are so largethat renovation seems financiallyprohibitive making it hard to identifyappropriate alternative uses.• Some formerly vital train stations arelocated in now-marginalizedneighborhoods that rarely see theinvestment needed to support a large-scale redevelopment project.• The modernization of historic stationsmay include the consolidation ofnumerous mass-transit operations inone central location requiringadditional different types of spaces.The King Street Station (1906) in Seattle, Wash., was restored in2013. Photo: Vinh Nguyen, courtesy National Trust for HistoricPreservation. For full restoration story click hereChallenges
  3. 3. Left: The former Union Station (1896) in Springfield, Ill., was rehabilitated in 2007 for the Visitor Centerof the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum complex. Photo: Springfield, Illinois,Downtown Springfield, Inc. Read the full story here.Right: Sacramento Valley Station and Depot, Sacramento, Calif., (1926) is currently undergoingrehabilitation. Photo: Miles530 via Wikimedia Commons. Read the full story here and here“Nothing was more up-to-date when it was built, or is more obsolete today, than the railroadstation.”‒ Ada Louise Huxtable, an architecture critic, in “The Bigger They Are... “, New York Times, November 19, 1972.Case Studies
  4. 4. National Trust for Historic Preservation’sSaving Places Union Station campaign.Reconnecting America (formerly the GreatAmerican Station Foundation), created in1996 to revitalize communities throughnew construction or conversion andrestoration of existing rail passengerstations. As the organization has grownand evolved, it also became a hub forcommunity revitalization in areassurrounding intercity, commuter, andurban rail stations.Railroad Station Historical Society, aclearinghouse website for information andphotographs of railroad stations, freighthouses, signal towers, round houses,coaling towers, and other railroadbuildings.Union Station, Washington, D.C., is undergoing a major renovation.The Union Station Preservation Coalition, of which the NationalTrust for Historic Preservation is a member, is monitoring theprocess. The coalition issued “A Golden Opportunity to Re-Invest inHistoric Union Station,” a set of recommendations for coordinatedand careful restoration of the station. Photo: Carol HighsmithAdditional Resources