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Evansville Greyhound Station could run again

7/19/2011

 Evansville Greyhound Station
Evansville's 1939 Greyhound Station is a standout landmark, one of only two terminals remaining from Greyhound's "Blue" period, and the sole surviving terminal featuring an enameled steel exterior. (See more photos on Flickr)

Indiana Landmarks is taking steps toward getting Evansville’s Greyhound Terminal in running order. Pending board approval, we plan to restore the rare building as our southwest field office.

 

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The city of Evansville primed the redevelopment pump by contributing the building and $250,000. Vacant for four years, the 1939 building at the corner of NW Third and Sycamore Streets is one of two remaining terminals from Greyhound’s “Blue Period.”

 

“Everyone loves this building,” says Indiana Landmarks’ President Marsh Davis. “Some have personal associations of arrival or departure, and others just love the streamlined Art Moderne design, the colorful exterior, and, of course, the speeding greyhound.”

 

William S. Arrasmith designed the iconic terminal. His Art Moderne plan features curved corners, smooth surfaces, and parallel lines to create a streamlined structure that suggests speed and movement. Arrasmith specified the terminal’s sky blue enameled-steel panels to match the color of Greyhound’s buses. The building’s color alone makes it a downtown standout. Arrasmith also used Greyhound Blue in his late ‘30s designs of terminals in Fort Wayne and in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Only the Evansville building survives, making it the sole surviving Greyhound Terminal in the nation featuring an enameled steel exterior designed by Arrasmith.

 

The building’s vertical neon pylon sign, an eye-catching focal point, is also believed to be one of only a handful nationwide featuring a running greyhound, courtesy of blinking neon lights at the top of the blade.

 

If it meets success in its fundraising for the projects, Indiana Landmarks expects to repair those signature features as part of a complete exterior and interior restoration.


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