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Historic Note: Opening of TH&B Hunter St. Station in Hamilton, Ontario

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Derek Boles, TRHA's historian, publishes a daily posting on the Toronto Railway Heritage Yahoo Group List. These postings document major railway oriented events that happened on that day of the year. One of today's items is as follows:
"June 26, 1933:
The Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway opens its new station on Hunter St. in Hamilton. The station was designed by architects Fellheimer & Wagner, who also designed the 1929 Buffalo Central Terminal and their 1933 Art Deco masterpiece, Cincinnati Union Terminal, which had opened a month earlier. The International Style Art Moderne station is a streamlined variant of the Art Deco style and the only railway station of this design ever built in Canada, featuring rounded corners and polished metal decoration. Due to Depression-era austerity measures, several cost-cutting alterations were made to the original design, including a smaller office tower and the elimination of both a platform and a pedestrian subway under the tracks. These scaled down changes resulted in a building that appears deceptively larger in photographs than it is up close. The station underwent a $25.5 million restoration that was completed in 1996 and is now known as the Hamilton GO Centre. An interesting historical display about the TH&B can be seen on the 2nd floor overlooking the concourse. Although the staircases are roped off, permission to visit can be readily obtained from one of the GO ticket agents on duty."
If you wish to read these daily postings from Derek, simply join the Toronto Railway Heritage Yahoo Group List by clicking here.
More history and pictures of the Hunter St. Station can be found at the Hamilton Transit History website by clicking here.
Posting by Russ Milland; Pictures from Wikipedia

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