2021 LANDMARKS ILLINOIS RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS FOUNDATION PRESERVATION AWARD FOR RESTORATION
Amtrak and Goettsch Partners have beautifully restored Chicago’s Union Station, a 96-year-old landmark designed by D.H. Burnham and Company that today remains one of the last grand American railroad stations. The successful restoration project at the historic train station reflects 10 years of careful stewardship and restoration, with a special emphasis on Union Station’s Great Hall and its massive vaulted skylight. The project also masterfully overcame the challenges associated with properly maintaining and honoring the architectural integrity of the building while incorporating modern amenities and state-of-the-art technologies that support the station’s large, high-performance skylight. The revitalization of this Chicago Landmark positively impacts the more than 130,000 people who pass through it every day. It also stands as a monument of the important role that railroads and transportation have played in Chicago’s history.
(Photo Credit: Amtrak)