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100-0124 Alexandria Union Station

Alexandria Union Station
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/13/2012

NRHP Listing Date 02/27/2013

NPS property number 13000044

Alexandria Union Station, built in 1905, drew inspiration from the City Beautiful urban planning movement. Its design went beyond that of a merely serviceable train station and resulted in the creation of a architecturally appealing municipal gateway. The Colonial Revival-style station resulted from the consolidation—or “union”—of rail lines in Alexandria and greater DC. It is the only Colonial Revival-style public building of its era in Alexandria and the only remaining one that recalls the city’s long railroad history. The station’s passenger traffic began declining in 1932 when the George Washington Memorial Highway opened, luring commuters from trains to autos. Also that same year, the Washington-Virginia Railway, a commuter train, stopped offering connections to the station.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated September 7, 2018