Project

Bringing the Beaux Arts Back

State-of-the-art technology revives a Worcester landmark

Union Station Intermodal Transportation Center

City of Worcester
Worcester Massachusetts

Listed on the National Register of Historic Place, Union Station has served as a landmark in the City of Worcester since 1911. The building, once a major industrial and transportation center, fell into disrepair after passenger service to the hub ended in 1974. Standing vacant for 25 years the building suffered major deterioration from neglect, vandalism and exposure to the elements. The Worcester Redevelopment Authority played a vital role in saving this building through their plans to recreate the station as an important transportation hub. FA completely restored and adapted the building for reuse as an Intermodal Transportation Center, incorporating commuter rail and bus service, travel support facilities, and a 500-car parking facility. The iconic gleaming white towers that had been destroyed were replicated and reinstalled.

(Photo credit, main image: Union Station, Worcester by Jason Ouellet and Chelsea Creekmore on Flickr.com. License information: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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Size
90,000 SF
Scope
Historic Preservation, Renovation
Program
Great Hall, Ticketing Windows, Bus Ports, Offices, Restaurants, and Shops
Sustainability
Awards
2001 Honor Award, Boston Society of Architects
2001 Special Award for Excellence in Architecture, AIA New England
2001 Honor Award, Boston Society of Landscape Architects
2001 Preservation Award, Victorian Society of America, New England Chapter
2000 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award
2000 Honor Award for Historic Preservation, Preservation Worcester and AIA Central Massachusetts
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The restoration proceeded without the benefit of original architectural drawings. Detailed on-site measurements and historic photographic research were necessary to recreate missing building details and finishes. Worcester residents even contributed salvaged elements, such as panels of original skylights, to aid in the restoration!
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The Great Hall was in a state of near collapse, after 25 years of neglect and deterioration.

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