Cincinnati Union Terminal Makes Endangered List

Cincinnati Union Terminal has made the list maintained by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as among the 11 most endangered historic places in America.

The group said the list spotlights important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage.

The Cincinnati Music Hall also made the list, which marked the first time that two buildings from the same city have been included on the list at the same time.

A Cultural Arts Facilities Task Force comprised of community leaders, business leaders and construction and engineering experts has examined both buildings and is backing a proposal to make $208.2 million in repairs to CUT and $123.5 million in repairs to the Music Hall.

The task force is seeking referendum on the repairs. Among the options are a limited quarter-cent sales tax, a limited half-cent sales tax, and a 30-year property tax.

The 81-year-old CUT houses the Cincinnati Museum Center and an Amtrak station. Renovation is needed to remedy deterioration from decades of structural and water damage.

Just behind the rotunda, warped walls, rusted steel and crumbling ceilings threaten the building’s long-term survival.

CUT once served passenger trains of the Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, Louisville & Nashville, New York Central, Norfolk & Western, Pennsylvania, and Southern. Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal serves CUT today.

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