The continuing story of Union Depot is one of great vision, persistence and energy. To transform a structure that sat idle for decades and restore it as an integral part of the Lowertown community required the talents of many people and organizations.
Back on Track: The Rebirth of St. Paul’s Union Depot is a detailed video account of the 23-month restoration as told by those who were part of the project. The video includes stories of meticulous efforts to uncover original finishes, repair skylights covered with tar during WW II, install new train track, move a historic portion of the building and bring marble and terrazzo floors back to their 1920s shine. The restoration team included the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority (RCRRA); Mortenson Construction as the lead design-build contractor; URS for transportation and engineering design; and HGA as the building architect and engineer of record for all aspects of interior design.
The $243 million restoration was completed in December 2012 and returned Union Depot to its original 1920s splendor. In addition, new construction involved rebuilding the train deck and tracks, and building a new multilevel passenger drop-off entrance with ticketing and baggage counters.