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Crews at work on $2.7 million Union Station restoration

Posted at 1:01 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 07:38:45-04

For the past three weeks, crews have been working on the 2.7 million dollar renovation to Union Station, the historical landmark that houses the Durham Museum.

"Omaha union station is the Durham Museum's greatest artifact, and it is the obligation and privilege of our team to preserve this building as a vital piece of our communities history and a source of pride for our city" Christi Janssen, Durham executive director said.

Much of the damage is due to weathering and water intrusion. McGill Restoration workers are going through the exterior of the 60 foot tall building by hand.

Union Station opened in Omaha in 1931 as Union Pacific's seventh train depot in Omaha. At its busiest, more than 10,000 passengers traveled through the station daily. The last train pulled out in 1971. By the 1990's, according to museum staff, Union Station was in desperate need for repairs.

Over the years small repair projects were done, but never anything quite this extensive. It was announced earlier this year private donors and foundations in Omaha pledged the money that was needed.

 

Work is expected to continue into 2018.