Terminal Arcade

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Terminal Arcade
Terminal Arcade is located in Indiana
Terminal Arcade
Location 822 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, Indiana
Coordinates 39°28′0″N 87°24′17″W / 39.46667°N 87.40472°W / 39.46667; -87.40472Coordinates: 39°28′0″N 87°24′17″W / 39.46667°N 87.40472°W / 39.46667; -87.40472
Built 1911
Architect Burnham,Danial H.
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
Governing body Private
MPS Downtown Terre Haute MRA
NRHP Reference #

83000159

[1]
Added to NRHP June 30, 1983

The Terminal Arcade, located on Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana, is a Beaux-Arts building on the National Register of Historic Places since June 30, 1983.

The building originally served as the Terre Haute, Indianapolis and Eastern Traction Company interurban station, opening in 1911. It was built on the grounds of the former J. S. Evans and Sons, a bicycle shop. The end of the interurban age came on January 11, 1940, when the track between Terre Haute and Indianapolis was closed, largely the result of automobiles making interurbans superfluous. From December 1, 1949 until 1972 the Arcade served as the city's union bus station.[2][3][4]

The Beaux-Arts building is made of terra cotta and brick. It has identical facades on its north and south sides, constructed of limestone and with granite bases. Various designs carved upon the building include lions, garlands, and fruits. The building itself was designed by Daniel H. Burnham of Chicago; the facades were the work of Fred Edler and J. W. Quayle.[2]

The other property in Terre Haute built by the Terre Haute, Indianapolis, and Eastern Traction Company was a power house at the corner of Mulberry and North Water. It was built in 1907 to power the interurbans the Terminal Arcade served, and the 457 miles of track the interurban ran upon. The 1907 lease, under the name of the Terre Haute Traction & Light Company, called for 999 years; interurbans were no more by 1940.[5]

There have been threats to the Terminal Arcade. While mayor of Terre Haute Pete Chalos proposed condemning the building.[6] In 2004, during talks for building a new federal building in Terre Haute, one of the proposals would have included razing the Terminal Arcade and placing the new building on its site.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b Terminal Arcade Facades (north & south), (sculpture) Smithsonian American Art Museum, Accessed January 2, 2009
  3. ^ Jerse & Becker (2001) p. 93
  4. ^ McCormick, Mike. Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash (Arcadia Publishing, 2005) pp.120, 121
  5. ^ Jerse & Becker (2001) p. 92
  6. ^ The Hulman Legacy Tribstar.com, accessed January 2, 2009
  7. ^ FLASHPOINT: A new federal building for Terre Haute ToddNation.com, accessed January 2, 2009

References[edit]

  • Jerse, Dorothy; John R. Becker (2001). Terre Haute & Vigo County in Vintage Postcards. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-0747-4.