Description: Postcard of New Union Station
Creator: Ray, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Subject: Union Station
Collection: Mrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Historical Article: This card was a souvenir given at the opening of the new Union Station in Kansas City, October 29-31, 1914. The structure, designed by Jarvis Hunt, replaced a depot on Union avenue in the West Bottoms. At the time it was built it was the largest passenger station in the world outside New York City's Grand Central and Pennsylvania stations. The wide plaza at the entrance 53 years ago has become parking space for automobiles. Otherwise, the exterior is little changed. But as rail lines discontinue passenger service, the cathedral-like lobbies are empty much of the time, and city and terminal officials look for new uses for this grand and sturdy example of classic architecture. Kansas City Star, May 4, 1968.
Item Type: Postcard