Union Station Restoration and Renovation

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Restoring a cherished historic structure for community use

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Completion Date

33,714 SF

Project Type
Renovation & Restoration, Community Facility

Professional Credits
Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, PA

2019 Best Project - Government/ Public Building category, Engineering News Record (ENR) Southeast
2020 CPN Star Award Project Winner - Projects $10-$25 Million, Construction Professionals Network of North Carolina
2020 Honorable Mention - Building North Carolina Awards, Business North Carolina
2020 Commercial Real Estate Award Winner - Best Renovation, Rehabilitation, or Redevelopment Project, Triad Business Journal
2023 Classic Award, W-S/FC Community Appearance Commission
2023 Merit Award, Winston-Salem Chapter, North Carolina AIA

A landmark with a history

Union Station is a Local Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1926, when Winston-Salem was the largest city in North Carolina, the former train station served passengers on the Southern, Norfolk & Western and Winston-Salem Southbound Railways. The railways formed a joint corporation to construct the station, hence the “union” in Union Station. Passenger service to the station ceased in 1970. The building was sold to a car repair business and used in this capacity until 2012, when the City of Winston-Salem acquired it.

Once the city owned the building, community leaders envisioned restoring Union Station to its original glory. The design team planned and designed a full restoration and renovation, including improving the site, integrating new parking, fully restoring the exterior and the interior of the Main level, and renovating the Office Level and Track Level. Now beautifully restored and reinvigorated for modern use, Union Station has become a community focal point as well as an enhanced gateway to the adjacent Winston-Salem State University campus.

Michelle Portman

Historic Preservation Specialist
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