The Union Station Arch is a beautiful monument originally located a few blocks to the east at High Street and today’s Ohio Center Way. The station was actually the third structure to hold that designation and made the Union Station very picturesque. The arch stood as the gateway to travelers in and out of the city for nearly 80 years.
There was in fact more than one archway that made up the Union Station. May preservationist felt the arches should be saved and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, demolition began this could happen. The preservationist turned to the law and was able to convince a judge issued a restraining order on the demolition. However, only this single archway remained.
The arch can be found in McFerson Commons Park where it was moved to remain as an art installation in the Arena District. The Arena District, including the land upon which the arch is located today, is where the Ohio Penitentiary once stood. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This Neo-Classical Architecture and history make it a very popular spot for photographs to be taken and a must for any visitor.
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