While driving through downtown Tacoma, it is hard to miss the towering Union Station. Yet there is more to this building than meets the eye. The current location of Tacoma’s Union Station was put into motion in 1892. However, the design that we see today was finished in 1911; it was created to better fit the style of the rapidly developing downtown Tacoma.
Unfortunately, the decline of passenger trains was just around the corner. The industry was forced to move to Seattle, and the working station ended in 1984. Several years later after severe neglect, a 3-year plan to repair the station was put into effect. Not only was the structure restored, an addition was even built. The addition was to make the use of the railway station as a courthouse more effective.
Today, the building is popular for weddings and school dances. It is also known for its large display of Dale Chihuly’s work, prominently featured at the nearby Tacoma Glass Museum. Make sure to stop by and peek inside during Union Station’s public hours: Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm.