Award for Adaptive Use / Rehabilitation

Union Station


After more than a decade of vacancy and a failed retail development in the late 1980s, the Romanesque Revival-style train station was purchased by the state and occupied by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency throughout the 1990s. In 2005, as part of the final phase of the state’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum project, the station was rehabilitated for a downtown visitors center. The $11.5 million project, which utilized federal and state appropriations, included reconstruction of a long-missing central tower.

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