Canaan Union Depot

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Union Depot
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Canaan Union Depot is located in Connecticut
Canaan Union Depot
Location North Canaan, Connecticut
Coordinates 42°1′34″N 73°19′46″W / 42.02611°N 73.32944°W / 42.02611; -73.32944Coordinates: 42°1′34″N 73°19′46″W / 42.02611°N 73.32944°W / 42.02611; -73.32944
Built 1872
Architect G. H. Bundy
Architectural style Gothic
Governing body Private (Connecticut Historical Railroad Association)
NRHP Reference # 72001317[1]
Added to NRHP April 26, 1972

The Canaan Union Depot, also known as the Union Depot, is located in Canaan Village, in the town of North Canaan, Connecticut, and is a former union station. It was built in 1872 at the junction of the Housatonic Railroad[2] and the Connecticut Western Railroad which was acquired by the Central New England Railway.

Architecture[edit]

The station was located at the level junction between the two rail lines, making a right angle right at the crossover. The angle of the building was a 3-story tower, at the top of which sat the electric telegraph operator. The two 90-foot (27-meter) wings of the building were occupied by the two railroad companies. The second floor of the station had a large restaurant that was especially important before the development of the dining car. Eventually, both the Central New England and the Housatonic Railroad became a part of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. In 1969, the New Haven was merged into the Penn Central Transportation.

Decline[edit]

The station was no longer used for passenger service after 1971, and regular freight service on the line ended in 1974. The station then became a retail location, with a restaurant in the southeastern wing. When the railroad was reopened as the new Housatonic Railroad in 1980, the station was not repurchased, though the new company did maintain offices there for many years. The station is also part of the Canaan Village Historic District.

More than half of the station — namely the southeast half — was destroyed by arson late in the evening of October 12, 2001. The Connecticut Railroad Historical Association purchased what was left in 2003, and the organization has begun to restore it.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ History of North Canaan, Town of North Canaan website, accessed August 19, 2009
  3. ^ Jeffrey Cohen, The View/From North Canaan; Restoring a Landmark, A Rail (and Wish) at a Time, The New York Times, February 9, 2003

External links[edit]

Media related to Canaan Union Station at Wikimedia Commons