Cincinnati Union Terminal restoration and renovation

Project description

PROJECT: Cincinnati Museum Center, restoration and renovation of the Union Terminal

HEADLINE: Back to the future

INTRO: The first major restoration in Union Terminal’s 85-year history revives a community icon and national historic landmark for future generations.

The largest artifact in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s collection is the building it is housed in: Union Terminal, an 85-year-old national historic landmark and a cherished icon. In restoring Union Terminal to its original state in 1933, some of the most important work we have done as architects will remain invisible to the public, but will ensure the health and longevity of this beloved facility. This renovation meticulously repaired external and internal structural damage and included all new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, security and data systems.

But historical preservation is only part of the story. The way visitors experience the Cincinnati Museum Center has also changed. A wide range of art and decorative restoration work has been carried out throughout the property, including the Losantiville Dining Room and Newsreel Theater, Art Deco wonders that visitors rarely experience. The exhibition rooms have been reorganized and are more visible. New galleries, classrooms, laboratories and restaurants have also been added. The renovation also reorganized the museum’s personnel areas and improved the visitor experience with new signage and signposts. Experience centers allow guests to choose exhibits themselves rather than being forced down linear paths.

GBBN’s engagement with the project began with our participation in the 2014 Task Force on Cultural Establishments. We also supported the Hamilton County’s election initiative, which provided funding for the project. We are honored to have helped preserve the past and prepare the Cincinnati Museum Center for an exciting future.

GBBN (Design & Executive Architect) worked with John G. Waite Associates, Architects on this transformation project.

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