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.
- The rebuild of the historic fountain is now complete, with the last of the green pigmented terrazzo applied to its surface. This month, the fountain will be filled with 44,000 gallons of water and its jets and sprayers tested as the final step of bringing this iconic feature back to life.
- With its gears and mechanisms fully cleaned, balanced and repaired, the clock on the face of our Art Deco masterpiece is returning this month. Crews will carry the internal mechanism up five flights of stairs piece by piece before reassembling it on site. The hour and minute hands, measuring more than six and seven feet long, will then be lifted up and reinstalled. Guests will be greeted by the familiar neon glow of the hands by the end of the month.
- Art conservators are cleaning ceiling murals in the Losantiville Dining Room using diluted acetone to carefully remove decades of smoke, soot and grime. The jungle scene carved into linoleum on the walls inside the private dining room entrance is also being cleaned with a slightly alkaline solution applied with a cotton swab.
- The historic Union Terminal President’s Office is undergoing extensive plaster repairs to address water damage and to accommodate new heating and cooling systems and adjustments to the sprinkler systems.
- The building’s updated cooling system is now up and running. The three new centrifugal chillers will pump chilled air throughout Union Terminal’s 500,000 square feet with the help of 23 new air handling units and an updated ice storage system. The system operates by chilling pipes with cooled water and blowing air across those pipes, which is then distributed across the building through 478,000 pounds of new duct work.
- The rebuild of the west wall continues. The concrete backup wall is now finished, strengthened by steel rods woven throughout, and masons are applying face brick, the final step of this major masonry project.
Number to know: 5,200 – 5,200 gallons of paint will be used across Union Terminal’s historic, gallery and office spaces. That’s enough paint to fill more than 693 kiddie pools.
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.
Click the links below for more information.