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Union Station Tower

800 NW 6th Avenue & Irving Avenue
Portland OR United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1895
  Finished1896
Floor Count7
Building Uses
 - station
Structural Types
 - lowrise
Architectural Style
 - romanesque
Materials
 - glass
 - stone
 - stucco
 - brick

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof150 ft

Description
Architect: Van Brunt & Howe.

Owner: Portland Development Commission
Developer: Pietro Belluschi.
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- Dedication ceremonies were held on February 14, 1896.

- The VC Interlocking Tower on its south side was still in service and performing the control of the trains until 1997-1998.

- Pietro Beluschi in the 1930's made lobby remodeling.

- It 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, considered to be one of the most important historic structures in Oregon.

- Fueling points in the station does not exist as fueling of trains is done by trucks.

- The US Department of the Interior has placed the station on the National Register of Historic Places.

- The proposed original location was where the US Post Office now currently sits, one block to the west across Broadway.

- The construction of the station took longer than expected due to flooding and financial problems. So, the landmark tower was almost not built.

- The neon sign “Go by Train” was installed after the Second World War.

- The station handled 92 arrivals per day.

- In 1987, the property was acquired by the Portland Development Commission (PDC).

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