Photo of the week: Union Station Denver, an urban icon

Denver Union Station

Denver’s Union Station, photo/Steve Collins

Denver’s Union Station is an urban icon. Located at the western edge of trendy LoDo, it’s currently it is undergoing a major revitalization. It is the currently the largest transportation project underway in the U.S.

This bustling station, built in 1894, once had over 80 trains a day passing though. Today it is down to two. While this huge project, expected to be finished by the spring of 2014 is underway, Amtrak has a temporary station on the other side of the tracks. When completed, this will be a multimodal transportation hub, connecting trains, buses, light rail, bikes, pedestrians and more. According to the Union Station Neighborhood Company, the over 16 acre site will contain 10 modes of transit and six public plazas. The station will become a luxury boutique hotel and the complex will have shops, restaurants, residential units and offices.

Have you ever taken a train from Union Station Denver? Heading west through the Rockies is spectacular!

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3 Responses to “Photo of the week: Union Station Denver, an urban icon”

  1. Cathy Sweeney
    January 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    From 80 trains/day to only 2? Wow, that’s pretty amamzing. Hope the new project keeps the character of that beautiful old station alive. I’ve got a thing for railway stations — the old ones in the U.S. as well as the grand stations of Europe.

    • Steve Collins
      January 27, 2013 at 9:02 am #

      Thanks, Cathy! I agree. That’s a historic train station. I look forward to seeing the final result.

    • Billie Frank
      January 27, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      I have a thing for old railroad stations, too. When I was last in Union Station, over 10 years ago it was old and totally devoid of charm though the exterior was wonderful.I can’t wait to see the results. I’m interested in historic buildings repurposed as hotels.

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