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Portland Union Station

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Identification

Portland Union Station
170535

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Structure in General

building with towers
existing [completed]
steel
masonry
brick
sandstone
stucco
brown dark red
romanesque revival

Usages

rail station

Facts

  • Dedication ceremonies for this building were held on February 14, 1896.
  • The structure is made of brick, stucco, and sandstone.
  • The VC Interlocking Tower on the south side of the station was still in service and performing the control of the trains, until 1997-1998.
  • In 1987, the property was acquired by the Portland Development Commission (PDC).
  • The neon sign “Go by Train” was installed after the Second World War.
  • The proposed original location for Union Station was where the US Post Office now currently sits, one block to the west across Broadway.
  • Fueling points in the station are non-existent as fueling of trains is done by trucks when needed.
  • Union Station Tower is the oldest major passenger terminal on the West Coast and the one of the oldest of the grand "Union" stations in the United States; Furthermore, the building is considered to be one of the most important historic structures in Oregon.
  • The construction of the station took longer than expected due to flooding and financial problems. Consequently, the landmark tower was almost not built.
  • The US Department of the Interior has placed the station on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The remodeling of the lobby was done by Pietro Beluschi in the 1930s.
  • In its heyday, the station handled 92 arrivals per day.

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Location

800 NW 6th Avenue
860 NW Broadway
800 NW 6th Avenue & Irving Avenue
97209
Union Station
Oldtown/Chinatown
Portland
Oregon
U.S.A.

Technical Data

150.00 ft
150.00 ft
7
1895
1896
1996
$300,000

Involved Companies

Van Brunt & Howe

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1996

Pietro Belluschi

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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