Saturday, April 18, 2015

Union Station


I posted a photo of this station before but, it's been several years ago.  I took this photo recently and I'm sad to say it looks exactly the same.  The station was built in 1923 by the Santa Fe and Arizona Eastern (now Southern Pacific) Railways.  It's Mission Revival style and is designated a national historic place.

Amtrak no longer runs through Phoenix so the station has not been used since 1996 with the exception of a few special occasions like when the Olympic Torch passed through Phoenix.

There has been talk about putting in a high speed rail line between Phoenix and Tucson but nothing has been settled yet and even if that does happen I doubt this station would be used.  I sure wish someone would do something unique with this wonderful old building.  I love to see it busy with people once again.

11 comments:

Steve Reed said...

Seems like it could be used for retail or something, doesn't it? I don't know where it's located in town, though...maybe it's not an ideal location.

Kate said...

Before I read your comments I immediately thought of Santa Fe. These buildings should be put to good and attractive use by some enterprising person or business. High speed rail can be costly and controversery—don't hold your breathe.

Kathy said...

It's indeed a lonely building. As I recall, it's not in a very upscale part of town. I think its future is grim. Maybe you could spearhead a movement to bring it back to life!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Looks so sad Sharon.. Maybe an art gallery in future what do you think, is there a suggestion box :)

Fotolosopher said...

There are several Union Stations around the country. I remember the one from Los Angeles. This is a really fine old building and I'm glad that it's been so designated which means it won't be destroyed.

RedPat said...

It's amazing that no trains go through here anymore, Sharon!

William Kendall said...

It's a building that deserves some use.

There's a station in a town here in Ontario. Passenger service on that line was discontinued, and an art group bought the station and use it as gallery space.

Jack said...

For an unused building, it doesn't look too bad, but it would be good to see more activity.

Randy said...

I love that old station.

Judy said...

Seems a shame to just let it sit there and deteriorate. I can remember Grandma and Grandpa Stevenson arriving on the train.

José Mendonça said...

So different from our train stations! :-)