Portland Union Station, 1976

I wont bother going into any detail on the station, as much ink as been spilled regarding this beautiful building. But I do wonder if that roof is metal. It seems like every few years they are painting it and half the time it looks like this. I suppose a proper clay tile would be too heavy for the structure but would have been a better choice in hindsight.

Interesting fact: In October 2011, US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced awards of $291.35 million in High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) grants from the 2009 Recovery Act to six northeastern states and Washington state. Of this, Portland will get $13.6 million to modernize Portland Union Station. Waiting areas will be expanded, making the facility fully accessible to those with disabilities and improving its energy efficiency. A study will identify desired improvements to Portland-Eugene Amtrak service.

Also Interesting: PDC, which owns the property since the mid 80s, sees about $200,000 profit on earnings from tenant leases.

 

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