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.
- Craftsmen are in the final stage of the historic fountain rebuild. Crews are beginning the application of terrazzo to the fountain surface. The terrazzo will have a rustic, coarse finish matching the original fountain surface. Previously, over 450 cubic yards of concrete were poured to form the fountain basin before a two-layer polyurea waterproofing was applied and historic limestone was returned around its perimeter.
- After more than nine months of repairs by the Verdin Company, the gears and internal mechanisms of Union Terminal’s iconic clock are being reinstalled. The system has also been updated to be more efficient. With the updated mechanism, the red neon hands on the 14-foot face will soon move like clockwork.
- Nearly 700 historic light fixtures begin returning to the building this month. These fixtures, including candlestick lights ringing the Rotunda and red and green traffic lights in the Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum ramps, have been extensively cleaned, repaired and outfitted for efficient LED lighting. In instances where light fixtures were missing, they were reproduced using original schematics.
- Work is well underway to restore the Scripps Howard Newsreel Theater. The theater’s 118 original seats have been removed for cleaning and repairs and the projection booth is being fitted out for a new projector and sound system, prepping the theater for daily programming and use.
- In the rear of the building, work to rebuild the west wall continues. New steel is being installed this month to replace the supplemental steel added in the 1970s when the wall was built after nearly 400 feet of the original concourse was demolished.
Number to know: 2,300 – Over 2,300 pieces of historic limestone and granite are being reinstalled on the fountain and plaza in the precise location they were removed from in March 2017. The stones were originally removed in preparation of waterproofing on the plaza deck, which sits above the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and portions of the Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum.
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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