By walking into any of the Denver Union Station entrances, you will immediately see that history has been given a new look. Every detail of the beautiful Great Hall space pays tribute to those with a pioneer spirit while still embodying a modern sensibility.
The original Union Depot in Denver opened its doors for the first time in 1881. It was at the time the biggest structure in both the West and North America, measuring 500 feet from east to west with a 180-foot clock tower in the middle. After a fire destroyed it in 1894, Denver rebuilt it overnight – this time 40 feet higher. The early years of the station laid the groundwork for train travel in the Western United States.
The turn of the century saw a rise in demand for train transportation, and the number of trains and passengers passing through Denver increased dramatically. To make way for a Beaux-Arts and Renaissance Revival-style structure made of carved granite and terracotta, the station was flattened. In 1914, the newly dubbed Denver Union Station reopened its doors after being rebuilt. The iconic neon sign that advertised “Union Station – Travel by Train” was added to the face in 1952. Union Station began to fall into disuse as the popularity of train travel waned.
The future of the station began in 2001 when it was bought by an RTD-organized group. An organization called Union Station Alliance worked tirelessly to bring its vision for the Denver landmark to life and opened its doors again in 2014, 100 years after opening the 1914 structure. The economic and cultural hub of Denver is Union Station, which serves as the “crown jewel” of the city. The Crawford Hotel’s addition has reinvigorated and redesigned Denver Union Station far beyond its modest origins.
Take advantage of the many restaurants, bars, and coffee shops to tour Union Station. Whether you’re searching for high-end, quick, or comfortable food, Union Station’s dining options will fit your preferences. For a taste of some of Chicago’s most delicious tastes, try Stoic & Genuine, Ultreia, or Mercantile for a meal from James Beard Award-winning chefs Jennifer Jasinski and Alex Seidel.
Get an insider’s look at some of Denver’s best-kept secrets in shopping; from historical favorites to brand new retailers. You’ll get to visit a miniature version of the city’s treasured Tattered Cover book store, where you browse through their latest titles as well as classics. Then, stop by BLOOM for a bouquet with personality and originality. Lastly, don’t forget Denver’s favorite 5 Green Boxes–offering local crafts, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind gifts perfect for any traveler.
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