Going up or coming down? Over the last 70+ years, the landmark has been the subject of wonder, awe and unfortunately from time to time, of thoughts to tear it down and reclaim the land for other uses.
The Cincinnati Union Terminal building has had a couple of lives– in service of trains, as a shopping mall and now as the Cincinnati Museum Center.
The construction of the Terminal was a one time thing in our history. Never before or again will opportunity, need, art and function come together to shape our surroundings.
Could we build a stadium for $41,000,000.00? An airport?
As one railroad club member is fond of saying, maybe a lane of highway. Even if we had put away that money in the 1920′s with inflation and interest, the cost of building a landmark like the Cincinnati Union Terminal could not be repeated.
Capturing the history of the building, rail history and the effect this had on Cincinnati is a legacy we need to capture and share–to preserve our memories for our children before they fade…