Romanesque Reused

by Rita Robison, Civil Engineering, New York, N.Y. 10017; Associate Ed.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 9, Pg. 41-44

Document Type: Feature article


When Union Station in St. Louis, Mo. was built in the 1890s it was the world's largest railroad station. Having been abandoned by the railroads in the 1970s, it was reopened in August 1985 as a hotel/retail complex developed by the Rouse Company. The iron and steel train shed was strengthened and now, partially open to the sky, covers two new hotel wings, glass-enclosed retail spaces and a landscaped garden. The original Headhouse and adjacent Terminal Hotel also had to be structurally rehabilitated before their interiors could be transformed into a modern hotel. These interiors have had their elaborate Victorian decorations restored.

Subject Headings: Railroad stations | Commercial buildings | Rail transportation | Iron (material) | Steel | Strength of materials | Landscaping | Rehabilitation

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