Friday, February 28, 2020

Union Station Powerhouse Lands on Chicago's Most Endangered Building List Again

Again a big South Loop building lands on  the “Chicago 7”—a list of seven significant buildings, pieces of infrastructure, parks, or public artworks that the city’s leading nonprofit historic preservation group, Preservation Chicago, considers most endangered (via Curbed):
3. Union Station Powerhouse
301 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607
The iconic twin-smokestack structure along the south branch of the Chicago River was designed in the Art Moderne style by the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. The difficult-to-reach building hasn’t generated power since 2011, and owner Amtrak is looking at demolishing the structure and putting a maintenance shed in its place. Despite the many challenges associated with the site, preservationists are hoping to see the power house saved and converted to a new use—like a data center or cooling plant. The building also appeared on Preservation Chicago’s 2017 list.

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