Cincinnati Union Terminal

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio

Photos 

Cincinnati Union Terminal

1. EAST FRONT, LOOKING WEST

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

The Cincinnati Union Terminal represents a complete break from the neo-classical style so prevalent among earlier railroad stations in this country. The Terminal is unique and monumental manifestation of Art Deco architecture and interior decoration, clearly and profoundly representative of the modern style common in the United States in the 1930s and expressed on every level of its design: architecture, furniture, lighting fixtures, ventilators, floor design, ceiling designs, painted doors, murals, etc. Union Terminal also represents the centralization of freight and passenger facilities of seven major railroads who were previously using five separate terminals. Considering the economic, political, and engineering aspects of bringing these railroads together, it was a major accomplishment. ... The significance of Union Terminal for the city lies in the total design concept for rail and vehicular transportation and as a symbol of civic and industrial cooperation. It marks a high point in the history of the city because of the enormity of the task and its successful accomplishment. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS OH-705)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 31, 1972
Reference number
72001018
Architectural style
Modern Movement: Art Deco
Areas of significance
Art; Transportation; Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Rail-related
Current function
Rail-related
Period of significance
1925-1949
Significant year
1933

Update Log 

  • August 2, 2016: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Added "Street View"
  • October 2, 2014: Updated by Andrew Wood: Updated Status
  • July 31, 2010: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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