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Are there any interior pictures of the old Atlantic Coast Line Union Station?

Si Cantwell

Post card courtesy of the New Hanover County Public Library.

None that MyReporter can find.

Beverly Tetterton, history librarian for the New Hanover County Public Library, said she’s never seen one.

Mark Koenig, executive director of the Wilmington Railroad Museum, said this: “Regrettably, we have precious little evidence of the interior appearance of the 1913 Union Station & General Offices of the ACL. From floor plans, we know there were three double doors at the corner of the building entering into a lobby, where a central staircase and elevators allowed passage to the upper floors. Further down the Front Street side were double doors entering into the waiting room, ticket sales, baggage check – the usual appurtenances of passenger travel. I can’t hazard a guess as to decor, lighting, or other details other than to suggest they would have been typical for the period. I think living memories would be our best guide, and I’m sure some of your readers would have some recollections. There are apocryphal tales of some items being held by CSX Transportaion in warehouses in Jacksonville FL, but I haven’t corroborated that.”

Union Station, which stood at Red Cross and Front streets, was completed in 1913. The building was demolished on July 11, 1970.

Cape Fear Community College designed its Union Station Building to be reminiscent of the original building.

If any readers know where such photos might be located, email si.cantwell@starnewsonline.com.


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