Year Built: 1931
Architect: Gilbert S. Underwood
Builder: Peter Kiewit & Sons
Style: Art Deco
Designated Omaha Landmark: 10/17/1978
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 11/12/1971
Omaha’s Union Station is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the Midwest. Designed in 1931 by Gilbert Stanley Underwood of Los Angeles, the steel frame structure is clad with cream-colored glazed terra cotta. Speaking at the time the Omaha station was built, Underwood said, "We have tried to express the distinctive character of the railroad -- strength, power and masculinity." Union Station served as a busy and bustling place until passenger service ceased in 1971. Donated to the city of Omaha by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1973, the station is presently the home of the Durham Museum.