Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski

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Date

1-1-1987

Description

Providence's first railroad station was Union Railroad Depot, a brick edifice built in 1847 and designed by Thomas A. Tefft for the Providence and Worcester, Providence and Stonington, and Boston and Providence Railroads. This building was lost to fire in 1896, and replaced by a newer Union Station, completed 1898, which consisted of five large brick structures, built by New Haven Railroad. It was considered "a brilliant example of Romanesque architecture" in its time, and the longest building in America. Union Station was in the process of being redesigned for office and retail use when it suffered an upper stories fire on April 26, 1987.

Notes

Bibliography: Jordy, William H. Buildings of Rhode Island. Oxford, 2004, pp. 38-9.

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Creator 2 Role

Architectural Firm

Building Type

Train Station

Building Style

Edwardian

Themes

Urban Development

Subject Headings

Aerial photography in city planning-- Rhode Island-- Providence; Urban renewal-- Rhode Island-- Providence; City planning-- Rhode Island-- Providence; Land use, Urban-- Rhode Island-- Providence; Railroad stations -- Remodeling for other use -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Union Station (Providence, RI); Capital Center (Providence, RI); Automobile parking -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Urban Development -- Rhode Island -- Providence;

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Street Address

4 Exchange Terrace

Keywords

Union Station, city planning, aerials, land use, Capital Center, river relocation

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