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Central Station

Identification

Central Station
Illinois Central Railroad Depot
135707

Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
romanesque revival

Usages

rail station

Facts

  • The old Central Station was one of Chicago's major ports of entry for visitors and migrants from the southern United States.
  • The station consisted of a 9-story main building with a 13-story clock tower, a waiting room to the east over the train tracks, and a 600-foot long train shed to the south.
  • Central Station was oriented to the north, overlooking Grant Park. Access was from Lake Park Place, a small street perpendicular to Michigan Avenue that does not exist any longer.
  • A giant archway through the front of the building provided a dropoff port for horse-drawn coaches or cars.
  • The waiting room had a large 3-story bay window for passengers to look out on Lake Michigan.
  • The Central Station residential project, begun toward the end of the 20th Century, takes its name from this building.

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Location

125 East Lake Park Place
East Lake Park Place (S end of Grant Park)
60605
Loop
Downtown
Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

225.00 ft
225.00 ft
225.00 ft
13
1892
1893
1974

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