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    Default Demolished! 11 Beautiful Train Stations That Fell to the Wrecking Ball

    I was reading about the old subway that used to exist up in Rochester, and that led me to an article about demolished stations. Unbelievable "then and now" photos.

    For example, Memphis Union Station:

    is now this:





    and this in Birmingham:



    is now this:



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    Complete article at
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    Check out the other examples.

    What a shame.

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    Terrible.

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    It isn't all bad news...




    Kansas City's Union Station was less than year from becoming a parking lot, before a group of heroic citizens saved it from the wrecking ball.

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    The remaining arch of Columbus Union Station is especially bizarre. Looks like a post-apocalyptic artifact.

    Railroads were once the richest companies in the US, and it seemed like every city had an ornate Union Station.

    The St Louis Union Station, built in 1894, was a mid-point hub of transcontinental railroads. The largest, busiest railroad station in the world.

    Saved in the 1970s:



    More photos

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    It's an active debate in Detroit.


    Detroit is debating how best to save Michigan Central Station, closed for more than 20 years.

    Read the article:
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    Some city officials consider it among the ugliest behemoths to pockmark Detroit and have ordered its demolition, but others see it as the industrial age’s most gracious relic, a Beaux Arts gem turned gothic from neglect but steeped in haunting beauty.

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    Another gem that was rescued and adapted for reuse. A brief stint as a shopping mall, it later was transformed into a Museum Center. With trains.

    Cincinnati Union Terminal was completed in 1933, toward the end of US railroad's golden era. The lead architect was Alfred Fellheimer, who 30 years earlier, was employed by Reed & Stem, one of two firms that designed Grand Central Terminal.

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    I'm not sure why Detroit seems to have a passion for destroying all of its historic buildings.

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    They're empty?

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    And, of course, the Old Pennsylvania Station. This one hurts the most. How can people be so short-sighted and ignorant?


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    Quote Originally Posted by NYatKNIGHT View Post
    It's an active debate in Detroit.


    Detroit is debating how best to save Michigan Central Station, closed for more than 20 years.

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    The only thing that's ugly about the Michigan Central Train Station is its unconscionable abandonment and neglect.

    “I think this window of opportunity is very narrow, and if we don’t seize the moment, we may lose it."
    Clearly, the "debate" has petered out since 2010.

    The station is owned by Matty Moroun, the billionaire owner of CenTra, Inc.
    For what purpose?

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