New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal

New Orleans, LA

29.946080, -90.078296

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During the great days of rail travel in the early 20th century, New Orleans was home to a number of lovely railroad stations, each serving separate rail companies. Most notably, this location was a terminal for the Illinois Central Railroad which opened on June 1, 1892 and was the only train station designed by noted architect Louis H. Sullivan. Sullivan's head draftsman at the time was Frank Lloyd Wright.

In 1953, this new station was built to consolidate the operations of the different passenger railroads under one roof. With the rise of air and auto travel and the decline of railroads, this modernist monument faded to a shadow of its formerly optimistic self. In the 1970s the building became an intermodal facility when two platforms were shortened to create docks for Greyhound intercity busses. The facility was spared major damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was even used as a temporary jail.

Perhaps the most interesting decorative feature of the facility are the fresco murals that depict the history of Louisiana in four panels representing the ages of exploration (SW corner), colonization (NW corner), struggle (NE corner), and the modern age (SE corner). They were painted by Conrad Albrizio, a member of Louisiana State University's Art Department who also painted a large fresco in the new State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Albrizio was assisted by James Fisher in the creation of the murals. The New Orleans Public Library provides a scan of a guide to the materials on their website.

New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Platform - The Crescent
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Platform - The Crescent
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Platform - The Crescent
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Platform - The Crescent
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Ticket Counter
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Ticket Counter
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Waiting on City of NOLA Arrivals
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Waiting on City of NOLA Arrivals
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
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New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Platforms - The Crescent
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Platforms - The Crescent
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Waiting Room
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Waiting Room
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - The Crescent crossing Lake Ponchartrain
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The Crescent crossing Lake Ponchartrain
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Arriving City of New Orleans
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Arriving City of New Orleans
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Arriving City of New Orleans
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Arriving City of New Orleans
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Bumper
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Bumper
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Arriving City of New Orleans
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Arriving City of New Orleans
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Arriving City of New Orleans
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Arriving City of New Orleans
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Waiting Room
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Waiting Room
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Information Plaque
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Information Plaque
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Looking east from the front of the building
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Looking east from the front of the building
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Film crew
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Film crew
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New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Streetcar station on Loyola Ave.
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Streetcar station on Loyola Ave.
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Streetcar station on Loyola Ave.
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Streetcar station on Loyola Ave.
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Streetcar station on Loyola Ave.
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Streetcar station on Loyola Ave.
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Streetcar station on Loyola Ave.
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Streetcar station on Loyola Ave.
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Ticket counter
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Ticket counter
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Greyhound entrance
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Greyhound entrance
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Side doors
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Side doors
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Quik-Trak
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Quik-Trak
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Waiting to board the Sunset Limited
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Waiting to board the Sunset Limited
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Sunset Limited Poster
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Sunset Limited Poster
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Waiting Area
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Waiting Area
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Platforms
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Platforms
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Sleeping Car Lounge
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Sleeping Car Lounge
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Greyhound Passengers
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Greyhound Passengers
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Waiting for the Sunset Limited
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Waiting for the Sunset Limited
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Hotel Listings
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Hotel Listings
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Gift Shop
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Gift Shop
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Private Rail Car
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Private Rail Car
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Front of Terminal
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Front of Terminal
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Front of Terminal
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Front of Terminal
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Front of Terminal
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Front of Terminal
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Ceiling
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Ceiling
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Age of Exploration (R)
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Age of Exploration (R)
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Age of Colonization
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Age of Colonization
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Age of Colonization (R)
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Age of Struggle
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Age of Struggle
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New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Modern Age (L)
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New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Modern Age (L)
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New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Modern Age (C)
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Modern Age (C)
New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal - Modern Age (C)
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Modern Age (C)
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The present is the means by which the future becomes the past