A street car travels between the Grand Hotel and the El Paso Herald building. In the distance you can see Union Depot. Constructed in red brick, the new Union Depot was designed primarily in the Neo-Classical style, a Burnham trademark. A large porch with grouped pillars and arched openings welcomed visitors. Balance and symmetry were important in the overall composition, as well as the use of classical elements such as pillars, quoins, balustrades, and elaborate cornices. The station featured a six story bell tower topped with a tall spire, reminiscent of older Victorian rail depots. The total cost for the structure was $260,000, and on opening night in February 1906, more than 10,000 persons arrived to admire downtown’s new landmark.
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