One year in, mammoth $219M overhaul starting to bring new life to historic Union Terminal
Project should be finished in late 2018
Hannah Purnell | WCPO contributor
7:00 AM, Jul 28, 2017
CINCINNATI -- This month marks one year since crews kicked off the massive restoration project at Union Terminal that is expected to wrap up by November 2018. Teams began conducting probes and feasibility studies in preparation for the restoration as far back as 2014.
"Amazingly, no major problems were revealed in those probes, which is impressive for a 500-square-foot historic property," said Cody Hefner, spokesman for Cincinnati Museum Center, which is housed in the historic structure.
Project managers consulted with the country's foremost engineers while planning the renovation -- experts who have worked on such high-profile projects as the Statue of Liberty, Fallingwater and the Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C.
Some popular exhibits, such as The Cave and Treasures of Travel, which features 130 years of global artifacts, will return upon the museum's reopening. Meanwhile, a planned request for proposals will help organizers determine which new exhibits will be introduced.
The organization relied on $37 million in federal and state historic tax credits to help fund the $219 million renovation.
The accompanying photos create a visual tour of the renovations, including historical elements of the building crews have unearthed during the process. This is the first full-scale structural restoration project ever to take place at the iconic site.