Portland Union Station

An iconic Portland structure, Union Station was first built in the late 1800s, following the arrival of three transcontinental railroad to the Pacific Northwest. ARG assisted in the rehabilitation of key elements of the station which included masonry repair of the clock tower, window and door rehabilitation, a new roof, and structural upgrades.


Portland Union Station was designed by architects Van Brunt & Howe; before starting his own practice, Henry Van Brunt worked with Richard Morris Hunt in New York City.


Architects McKim, Mead, and White submitted an earlier design for Portland Union Station that was never built. Had it been constructed, Portland Union Station would have been the largest train station in the world at the time.


Portland Union Station remains an active passenger terminal, servicing nearly 600,000 passengers in 2017.


The interior lobby areas underwent a significant remodel in 1930, by the architecture office of A.E. Doyle. Pietro Belluschi, a young architect at the firm, was put in charge of the project. It was his first major project. Belluschi, of course, went on to design to design many of the City’s most notable buildings, including the Portland Art Museum (1932), the Equitable Building (1944), and  the Oregonian Building (1947).

Photography by David Homer

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