Union Station was the central location for the powerful railroad-station complex in the late 19th century, becoming the hub of southeastern New England’s transportation network. Goods came and went through this terminal, supporting the machinery, textile, and jewelry industries that fueled the growth of Providence. With the decline of rail travel in the 1980s, Union Station was closed and a smaller station opened closer to the State House. Modern structures built in the block of Union Station mirror the Italian Renaissance style architecture of the original building. The Roman triumphal arch, featured as the principle portal to the passenger station, is still evident today. This building is now home to the Rhode Island Foundation.
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