Crowne Plaza at the Union Train Station
123 West Louisiana Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225Built in 1888 as America's first "union station". In 1853, four railroad companies, that had before served passengers with individual terminals opened the first "union" station ever built. The Indianapolis Union Station had five tracks running through a brick and frame building that offered passengers the convenience of a central transportation facility. Union Station's majestic red-brick and granite "headhouse," recognized
Turn of the Century Railroading Was KingSome 500,000 passengers traveled through Union Station monthly. There were Crowne Plaza Indoor Pool so many trains, almost 200 streamed through daily-that downtown streets were always clogged with traffic. To overcome that problem, as well as the inconvenience to passengers who crossed any number of 12 tracks to board, the Union Railway Company planned a system of elevated
Famous Travelers and Thomas EdisonThe advent of the automobile marked the end of six decades that saw Union Station developed from a small wood and brick framed building with five tracks into one of the busiest passenger transfer points in America. Thomas Edison had worked there in 1861 as a telegraph operator; he was fired for continually devoting time to "useless" experiments. Abraham Lincoln traveled through Union Station in 1861 after being elected President.
The End of an EraRailroad service at Union Station dwindled steadily until 1970, when the Crowne Plaza Guest Room structure had become a darkened ghost of
Ghost PeopleTwenty-eight "Ghost People" linger at The Grand Hall and Conference Center at Crowne Plaza Hotel Union Station. Dressed in authentic period clothing, carrying real items from
Crowne PlazaWhen the restoration of Union Station began in 1983, the old train shed became the home of the new Crowne Plaza at Union Station. In keeping with this theme, the hotel renovated thirteen 1920's Pullman cars and converted them into hotel suites. The cars contain 2 Crowne Plaza Grand Hall rooms,
Restoration of Union StationSituated in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, the Grand Hall and Conference
Indianapolis Crowne Plaza Union Station LocationThe magnificent and enduring Union Station is again reborn, even more vibrant and elegant than before. Now a premiere banquet and conference c enter, the Grand Hall and Conference Center at Crowne Plaza Hotel Union Station boasts over 44,000 square feet of historic and beautiful function space. Complete catering, audiovisual and business services are available for 30 meeting rooms, accommodating groups of 10 to 700.
America's First Union Station TriumphsThe palatial Grand Hall is still a landmark facility, marked by its distinctive centerpiece, two identical 20-foot diameter, hand crafted leaded stained glass wheel windows. Romanesque arches, Revival-style columns and spacious corridors filled with the largest collection of antique Rookwood tile in existence today, are a feast for the eyes. A reverence for beauty and respect for historic craftsmanship offer a welcome change of environment from cookie-cutter conference spaces.
Rookwood Tile DisplayThe Grand Hall and Conference Center is connected to the award-winning Crowne Plaza Hotel. In the heart of downtown, the Crowne Plaza Hotel features 276 guest rooms and is best known for its 26 original Pullman sleeping cars resting on their original tracks. Tourists and business travelers alike will enjoy the romance of old-fashioned rail travel in these authentic, fully restored "rooms on the rails."
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