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Union Station

The terminal was created because of Dallas’ rapid growth, and throughout the railroad age, Union Terminal was many visitors’ first impression of the city. The gleaming, enameled-brick structure was designed by Jarvis Hunt, a Chicago architect who had designed Kansas City’s majestic terminal and was a major proponent of the “City Beautiful” movement. At its peak of usage, as many as 80 trains stopped at Dallas Union Terminal each day.

In 1975 Woodbine stepped in to help save the landmark, working with the City of Dallas, after voters authorized the city to purchase the station in a 1973 bond election. Amtrak restored service to the station soon thereafter. In 1974 the Dallas City Council approved the Reunion Master Plan, and the city and Woodbine began working together on restoration plans.

Renamed Union Station, those plans called for the terminal to be restored and transformed into a transportation center once more, with banquet and meeting space, restaurants, and a unique office environment. The initial renovation was completed in 1978.

The 2008 renovation of Union Station was honored with a TEXO 2009 Local Summit Award as an Outstanding Project. It was also among the 2008 Best Real Estate Deals of the Year, an award presented by the Dallas Business Journal.

The City of Dallas owns the building, and Hunt-Woodbine Realty holds a long-term master lease on it, with options for multiple renewals. Woodbine serves as asset manager and development/construction manager for the project.

Address / Phone / Accessibility

400 S. Houston St.
Dallas, Texas 75202

Phone: 214.741.PUCK (7825)

In the southwest sector of downtown Dallas, Union Station is bounded on the east by Houston Street and on the north and south by Reunion Boulevard/Young Street, providing a direct link to Stemmons Freeway (I-35E) to the west. Its front door faces east toward the central business district. Transit access is on the building’s west side. Tunnel connection to Reunion Tower and Hyatt Regency Dallas. Close to Old Red Museum, West End Historic District, Sixth Floor Museum, Ferris Plaza, Dallas City Hall, Dallas County Courthouse, Dallas Convention Center. Train and light rail service provided by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, AMTRAK and Trinity Railway Express.

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Facilities

Building area: 103,714 gross square feet

Building façade: Enameled brick

Height: 3 stories (plus mezzanine)

Ground floor:
Office/retail rentable space: 6,893 square feet
Transportation Center and City-related space

Second floor:
Event/function space and kitchen: 32,703 square feet

Mezzanine: 
Event/function space: 1,696 square feet
Kitchen: 2,114 square feet

Third floor:
Event/function space: 500 square feet
Office space: 11,597 square feet

Function space: Approximately 33,500 square feet
The Grand Hall
: 8,594 square feet
Texas & Pacific Room: 1,658 square feet
Frisco Room: 4,236 square feet
Katy Room: 1,485 square feet
Rock Island Room: 504 square feet
Santa Fe Room: 367 square feet
Cotton Belt Room: 544 square feet
Prefunction space: 16,000 square feet (approx.)
- Central Depot Lounge: 576 square feet
- Valley Road Lounge: 996 square feet
- Stationmaster Lounge: 2,268 square feet
- Conductor’s Lounge: 1,476 square feet

Elevators: 3 (2 passenger, 1 service)

Parking:
185 spaces (145 visitor/40 reserved)
390 spaces (adjacent Lot H and Viaduct tract)

Original Project Team

Owner: Union Terminal Company, Chicago

Architect: Jarvis Hunt, Chicago

Renovation Teams

1946 - First Building Renovation
Renovation Manager/Owner: Union Terminal Company, Dallas

1978 - Interior Renovation/Adaptive Re-use project
Owner: City of Dallas, Dallas
Developer/Asset Manager: Woodbine Development Corporation, Dallas
Property Manager: Woodbine Development Corporation, Dallas and Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Chicago
Architect: JPJ Architects, Inc., Dallas
General Contractor: Luther Hill & Associates (now Hill & Wilkinson), Dallas
Event Space Operator: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Chicago

1987 - Restoration work
Architect: JPJ Architects, Inc., Dallas
General Contractor: Ammon Restoration & Construction, Inc., Dallas
Renovation Manager: Woodbine Development Corporation, Dallas

2008 - Repositioning and Function Space, Office Space Renovation
Architect: EDG, San Rafael, California and McCall Design Group, San Francisco
Historic Renovation Consultant: ArchiTexas, Dallas
Renovation Contractor:  The Beck Group, Dallas
Event Space Operator: Wolfgang Puck Catering, Los Angeles

Project Ownership

City of Dallas (Leased under a 50-year lease with five 10-year renewal options to Hunt-Woodbine Realty Corporation)