After more than a year of planning, intensive design work and thorough probing and analysis by preservation architects, the real construction work on Union Terminal is underway. The restoration of Union Terminal requires a keen understanding of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and history as modern construction and engineering techniques blend with early 20th century materials and design to save iconic Union Terminal.
Construction is fully underway! Aspects of your general visit will be different as the work continues and we make sure your visit is still fun and safe.
The front entrance drop off zone has been reconfigured due to scaffolding on the exterior of the building. The new drop off and pick up zone is at the bottom of the fountain. This area is not be covered.
The parking lot on the north side of the building will be available for guest parking. There will be new handicapped spots in this lot.
The temporary lobby construction is complete. You will be able to see the Rotunda for a period of time but must stay on the carpeted area in the front of the Rotunda. You will continue to purchase your tickets at our Box Office in the same location.
New restrooms are available in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum lobby and inside the Children's Museum.
Both the escalators and large elevator that lead down to the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and Special Exhibit Gallery will continue to be available for guests.
We will have wheelchairs and strollers available for rent.
There will be food service available on the lower level with limited grab-and-go options.
Public safety and first aid will continue to be available on main level. This will continue to serve as our lost and found as well.
- Crews are continuing the finishing touches on the iconic fountain, applying terrazzo over its surface. Unlike the terrazzo floors inside the building, the fountain terrazzo will not be polished smooth, instead having a rustic finish. Marble chips are added to pigmented cement to create the iconic green color and trademark speckled look of the fountain’s original terrazzo.
- The rebuild of Union Terminal’s west wall at the back of the concourse continues as masons begin building a concrete block backup wall. From the outside in, the wall will consist of exterior face brick, a concrete block wall with steel reinforcements woven throughout and, finally, structural steel that has been painted and fireproofed.
- Scaffolding crawls upward along the front interior wall of the Rotunda for plaster removal and repair. Existing acoustic plaster will be removed and replaced with a more effective material that will enhance the acoustics of the Rotunda without depriving it of the iconic echo of the whispering fountains.
- Work is wrapping up in the north and south ramps (now the Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum, respectively), paving the way for new exhibit installation. Decorative grills and terracotta tiles have been cleaned, historic light fixtures have been restored and reinstalled, concrete floors are being prepped for carpet installation and the plaster ceilings have been repaired, matching the original color from 1933.
- In the Losantiville Dining Room, crews are working to install the ceiling while the historic light fixtures are being restored offsite. Acoustic panels are being installed over the dry wall ceiling before a finishing textured plaster is added to complete the ceiling.
Number to know: 70,000 – To cover the surface of the 8,000-square-foot fountain, artisans will mix 70,000 pounds of marble chips with cement and pigment. The 35 tons of marble chips will give the terrazzo its trademark speckled appearance.
The Museum of Natural History and Science
The Cincinnati History Museum
The OMNIMAX® Theater
Cincinnati History Library and Archives
Store to Explore Gift Shop
Collector's Gallery Gift Shops
Take a 3D tour of Union Terminal’s interior
As teams finalize plans for the restoration of 83-year-old Union Terminal, they’re getting an assist from new technology. A recently completed laser scan of the building produced a 3D model that will be an essential asset for architects and designers as they begin the restoration. Watch this video for a 3D flythrough of Union Terminal and click on the links below to take an interactive look inside the walls of Union Terminal.
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