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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…
Have you ever wondered about the old ghost signs on buildings around downtown Cincinnati? How about the signs on old buildings that are still thriving after all these years? Maybe you have seen the front – or back – of the Ryerson building, just one of the Cincinnati companies that made the rails possible. Cincinnati is still, after all one of the largest train hubs in the U.S.!
Can anyone share a little more info about Ryerson and their role in Cincinnati history?
Before the days of private jets, athletes traveled by train. In fact, teams didn’t move west of St. Louis until the late forties when air travel was coming into vogue. Imagine what life would have been like back then as a kid… Heading out of town for summer vacation to visit relatives and running into your favorite all-star outfielder.
These placards were used by major league baseball teams to gather the players prior to hopping the freight to their next road series.
Votto on the rails to St. Louis? Happened all the time until the mid fifties! Kids could just hang out at Cincinnati Union Terminal and wait to see their teams come to play, or even just roll through town to their next home stand.
Back when I was but a wee pup, we did project management the hard way – with Microsoft Project! Printing out a gantt chart took many, many minutes. Back in the day of Union Terminal’s construction, the architects drew their gantt charts by hand, just like their blueprints.
The construction project was so controlled and disciplined, they even had a project font created specifically for blueprints and planning. The planners even created an ‘expected mortality’ chart to estimate the loss of life during construction (which we also hear was extremely minimal, thank goodness).
Take that, six sigma!
More planning and construction photos can be seen in the galleries. Please feel free to look around, comment and ask questions. Our club experts are standing by…
OK, so technically they are in front of the building. The Cincinnati Union Terminal construction was one of the largest earthworks projects in the region. While most people consider...
Back in the days of the Terminal planning and construction, men wore suits, people smoked at meetings and donuts were conspicuously missing from the center of the room. These were the executives who made the decisions that shaped the building and grounds. More of these photos can be seen in the galleries. Click here to view images from the recently posted volume 11 from the Gibson Yungblut collection.