Thursday, February 01, 2018 12:47 AM

CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO REVAMPING HOTEL COMPLEX; CORNERSTONES PRESERVING TERMINAL STATION

Gallery: Historic Terminal Station dome +2 more photos For three U.S. presidents and a king (at least of rock and roll), the Terminal Station at the Chattanooga Choo Choo was the gateway to Chattanooga to those coming to the city via rail in the 20th century. Singer Elvis Presley, U.S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt and tens of thousands of other Americans entered Chattanooga in the past through the railroad lobby beneath what was once the world's biggest freestanding dome of its kind. "Outside of the state capital, this may be the greatest room in Tennessee," former Chattanooga Mayor Jon Kinsey said Wednesday, standing beneath the 82-foot high dome ceiling at the entrance to the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Related Article Cornerstones to preserve Chattanooga Choo Choo dome Read more Kinsey and the two dozen other investment partners who now own the Choo Choo announced Wednesday they are donating the Terminal Station and giving $350,000 to the local historic preservation agency, Cornerstones Inc., to help restore and preserve the domed entrance to the former railroad station, which once was the entry or departure point for 50 passenger rail routes every day. The Beaux-Arts-style station was designed by Donn ...

News source: Times Free Press

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