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White River Junction Amtrak Station (Union Station)

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Union Station
1937, Jens F. Larson. 106 Railroad Row, White River Junction

The intersection of five railroads—the Vermont Central (1847), the Connecticut River (1847), the Connecticut and Passumpsic Rivers (1848), the New Hampshire Central (1849), and the Woodstock (1875)—made White River Junction a major passenger exchange point. The first three depots to serve the junction (1862, 1880, 1911) were all destroyed by fire. The current (fourth) station was built by two successor railroads, the Central Vermont and the Boston and Maine. Larson designed the station in Colonial Revival, the style he favored. The brick depot has an octagonal domed cupola with a locomotive weathervane on its pedimented central block and a dominant arched recess framing the entrance. A stringcourse at the springing of the arch extends to tie in single-story wings that serve as baggage storage and waiting room. Vermont's only Colonial Revival railroad depot, in use today by Amtrak, represents the last station of significant architectural quality that private railway companies built in the state.

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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson
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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "White River Junction Amtrak Station (Union Station)", [Hartford, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VT-01-WS13.

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Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 358-358.

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