(10) Union Depot

Built: 1891

Address: 630 North River Street

Another example of the local adaption of the Richardsonian Romanesque style is the 1891 depot, which now houses the Chamber of Commerce in the summer season. Elements of this mode of architecture include a broad hip roof, round arched entry and a square tower with pyramidical roof and small spire. Wide eaves have corbel-supported brackets. Reputed to be the "smallest Union Depot in the world," the facility served as the terminus for the Northwestern, Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroads. In 1938 the depot was closed and the Chamber located in the building. This may be one of the first adaptive uses of the railroad station in the country. When Hot Springs was in its hey day, four trains a day were greeted by a band as red carpet was rolled out of the Evans Hotel to welcome visitors. 

On the hill behind the depot the are examples of many residential structures that have architectural importance in Hot Springs. Because of the terrain, houses of interest are situated throughout the town. Therefore, we we encourage you to explore Hot Springs on your own and discover other architectural treasure of the city.