Saving Union Station An Inside Look at Historic Preservation by Thomas Finnegan

Saving Union Station An Inside Look at Historic Preservation by Thomas Finnegan

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Saving Union Station An Inside Look at Historic Preservation by Thomas Finnegan
 
Saving Union Station An Inside Look at Historic Preservation by Thomas Finnegan
Soft Cover
107 Pages
Indexed
Copyright 1988
1993 Fifth Printing
In 1983, the magnificent station was falling apart. Abandoned in 1968 by the now-faltering railroad, the depot edged toward decrepitude. Plaster, wood, iron, and glass peeled, splintered, corroded, and broke. Vandals marauded the place. The city, chagrined but helpless, looked on.
Then cane magic of a different sort - the wizardry of Norstar president, Peter Kiernan, and an enthralled team of ingenious professionals. Within a miraculous two years they made the prince-turned-frog back into a prince. Union Station - Norstar Plaza - was magic once more, a dazzling and elegant testimony to civic spirit and professional skill.
Amidst the dust and furor stood Thomas Finnegan, chronicler of the change. In Saving Union Station, he brings readers to the wizards' sides. With unprecision and deep sympathy, he portrays the human and superhuman issues in the restoration- adaptation of this landmark of national import.
Preface1
Acknowledgments3
THE BACKGROUND 5 THE BUILDING 13
THE TEAM AND THE PLAN 23 New Owner, New Use 23
Architects, Builders, and Engineers26
Artisans32
Overseers and Reviewers35
THE GROUNDWORK 41 Site and Streets41
Cleanout and Teardown43
Plaster, Part 144
Concrete and Stone47
Cast Iron and Steel53
THE SHAPE 57
Roof and Floor57
Window and Door 59 Chimney and Canopy 61 Bust and Fountain65
THE INFRASTRUCTURE 67 Heating and Cooling67
Data Processing69
Lighting70
THE FINISH 73 Plaster, Part 273
Paint78
Board Room 80 Marble 83
COLOR PLATES 85
THE SEQUEL 93 Kinks93
Kudos 95 Toasts96
Time Capsules98
Notes101
Index105

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