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Abandoned Union Station

157 Broadway, Gary, Indiana USA

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“One of the ten most endangered places in Indiana”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. Union Station in Gary, Indiana was built in 1910, just four years after the city was founded. The station is located between the elevated lines of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Built in a Beaux-Arts style utilizing the new cast-in-place concrete methods in which, after pouring, the concrete was scored to resemble stone. The building was closed in the 1950s. Indiana Landmarks has placed the building on its 10 Most Endangered Places in Indiana list The building faces west on Broadway. Because it sits between two raised rail lines, it is nearly invisible until one is next to it. The only sign still visible inside or outside the building is a painted notice on the front pillar that says “No Parking Cabs Only”. The method of construction has retained its integrity after 50 years of abandonment. The main room is a two stories hall. At the east end of the hall is a staircase to the loading platform on the upper level. Built into a hill, the building is only a single story in the back. A door on the south side leads from a cobblestone driveway. Across the drive is a staircase built up to track level along the south side. On the north there is a tunnel under the tracks to a stairway up to the loading platform. Gary's Union Station was used as an example for what could happen to a Chicago building in 30 years without humans providing maintenance and upkeep on Life After People: The Series (Season 1, Episode 2). Union Station was a filming location for the 1951 Alan Ladd movie Appointment with Danger

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September 02, 2014

i was raised in gary in. that building was so beautiful at one time back in the day :0)

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March 27, 2016
Rated 4.0

Very cool place. You can walk right up to it. Part of the wood covering the doorway is gone so you can see in and could even go in. We did not go in as it it right off a busy roadway and the inside is pretty dilapidated. Cool nonetheless.

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January 11, 2016
Rated 3.0

This was definitely beautiful in its day as 8th still holds beauty even in its dilapidated state. Too bad Gary didn't invest money into renovating it back to its original grandeur.

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Abandoned Union Station

157 Broadway
Gary, Indiana

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