Union Station Call for Input

February 3, 2015 In: history Comments (3)

Union Station is one of most historic buildings in Ogden; the original station a huge reason that Ogden and 25th Street came into existence and developed as it did. There are a multitude of stories in the building’s near-decade long history and the next chapter is still being written.

The original Ogden Union Station was built in 1869 as a two-story wooden structure just above the banks of the Weber River. As rail usage grew a new, larger structure was built in 1889 and remained in place for decades until a fire in 1923 brought the building to complete destruction. Though there are many rumors and ghost stories surrounding this catastrophe, there were no deaths or injuries reported.

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The original Union Station that was destroyed by fire.

The station was destined for re-build according to the original specs but that plan was waylaid and the building was re-designed as a Spanish Revival rather than the original Romanesque; it was completed in 1924. Read more on the history of Union Station.

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Union Station as it was rebuilt in 1924

 The next chapter in Union Station’s history is up to you!

Ogden City is hosting a public open house on Thursday, February 5th, at Ogden’s Union Station to view and comment on a potential renovation plan for the Union Station Campus. The open house will be held in the Grand Lobby from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Union Station has been owned by Ogden City since 1978.  There are currently four museums in the building: the Utah State Railroad Museum, Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, and the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum. Museums are all open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Additionally, the Eccles Rail Center is located on the south end of the property.

Inside the station you’ll find warm eats available from Union Grill where you can warm up by the fire while watching the commuter train come and go – it’s reminiscent of the days of old but with a much faster and more efficient rail system.

The Shop at the Station is great boutique where you can find housewares, gifts and a selection of candies. Both the Gallery at the Station and the Myra Powell Gallery participate in the monthly First Friday Art Stroll.

The public open house is hoping to engage community members in the discussion to preserve and maintain the building while also creating sustainable use programs to keep the facility in business.

The station has a great blog where they share stories about the buildings past, highlight discovered objects left behind by travellers long gone and post historic photos from a variety of national collections. If you’re at all interested in the local history, we definitely recommend you give it a read!

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  • Julie ZeiglerLeave a Reply
    February 4, 2015

    Would you consider adding a bike hub? A means to promote commuting via bike and train. I’ve seen great concepts for this including a cafe with bike up to table cafes.

  • Derek JohnsonLeave a Reply
    February 5, 2015

    I think the historic nature of Union Station would lend well to a 25th Street playhouse and would be a great draw for downtown Ogden. Our family goes to Terrace Playhouse in Washington Terrace a lot, but that building is horrible. What about a shared-use concept between multiple local playhouses and theaters? This could create other opportunities for partnership in the area of performing arts education, such as Weber State’s Performing Arts Department or local schools looking for performing arts venues. Even though WSU has the Browning Center on campus, I’m sure they would be intrigued with the opportunity to get out into the community. It also seems like there would be federal or state funds available for the arts, especially for the adaptive re-use of a historic building.
    Just my 2 cents – excited to see what Union Station will become!

  • February 6, 2015

    Personally I had been hoping that Frontrunner would use the station, standing out in the elements waiting for the train (on the exposed north platform) isn’t desirable. This change would drive a little business to the station, still close enough to catch the busses.
    M

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