Building Name -: Union Terminal
Location -: Cincinnati, Ohio, United State
Architect -: Alfred T. Fellheimer, Steward Wagner, Paul Philippe Cret, Roland Wank
Year of Start -: 1931
Year of End -: 1933
- Built in 1933, at the height of the Art Deco Movement.
- This was a central hub for Cincinnati’s railways untill 1972.
- Then it became a Shopping Mall in 1980, and then converted into a Museum in 1990.
- Now it is in need of structural makeover and it was included in the National Trust’s 2014 list of America’s most endangered historiac places.
- Maxfield Keck was commissioned to use bas-relief carvings to design artwork for the front of the building representing Transportation (South Tower) and Commerce (North tower).
- German American artist Winold Reiss was commissioned to design and create two 22 foot (6.7 m) high by 110 foot (33.5 m) long color mosaic murals depicting the history of Cincinnati for the rotunda, two murals for the baggage lobby, two murals for the departing and arriving train boards, 14 smaller murals for the train concourse representing local industries and the large world map mural located at the rear of the concourse. Reiss spent roughly two years in the design and creation of the murals and 14 industry murals chosen for the railroad concourse.
- Pierre Bourdelle, son of renowned French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, also created commissioned artwork for the terminal, including a Jungle-themed mural for the Women’s Lounge, men’s lounge, baggage checking area, meeting spaces, and the executive offices.