- Location: Dallas, TX
- Site Size: 2.15 acres
- Building Size:
103,714 gross sq. ft.
- Initial Opening: 1916
- City Reopening: 1978
- Repositioning/Renovation: 2008
- Project Type: Adaptive Re-Use, Mixed-Use Investment, Historic Renovation/Repositioning
- Client/Partners: Hunt-Woodbine Realty Corporation, City of Dallas
Dallas' Union Station opened October 14, 1916, as the city’s most important and impressive rail transit center. By the early 1940s, millions of people traveled to and from the city by train, but traffic had declined dramatically by the 1960s, and the building closed in 1969. In 1972 the City purchased the building from Union Terminal Company, the consortium of railroads that owned it, and under a 1975 public-private agreement Woodbine leased the building and began a renovation that would restore Union Station as a multi-tenant, mixed-use building. Today, after a $23-million renovation and repositioning completed in 2008, Union Station remains a transportation center with office, banquet and meeting space plus a walkway linking the station to Hyatt Regency Dallas and Reunion Tower. Woodbine partnered with Wolfgang Puck Catering to operate the function space within Union Station, making it one of the most desired event destinations in the city. Union Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated an historic landmark by the City of Dallas and the State of Texas.
Lesson Learned - Buildings aren't always built as they are drawn; before you renovate, do your own building analysis.