December 2014 - Demolition of Baggage Building

In the photo above, approximately one quarter of the Baggage Building has been demolished. The photos that follow show the progression of the demolition.

The tower for the Baggage Building stands tall and open as the demolition continues.

The silent equipment stand and wait for another day to continue the demolition of the Baggage Building.

With a little more than a third of the Baggage Building removed the equipment work goes on.

The sun shines through the windows of the Baggage Building tower as the equipment below continue the dismantling of the former overseer of the rail yard below.

The tower is no match for the long reach of the equipment and the last wall is being taken apart.

The tower from the Baggage Building appears much smaller from the railroad side. You can only see the long arm of the equipment below while the roof section is being removed.

The afternoon sun shines bright on the last quarter of the Baggage Building which remains standing.

The final section of the Baggage Building with no sunlight, looks like a ghost ship while it waits to be separated from the Terminal Building for its last voyage.

The rubble pile partially blocks the view of the demise of the Baggage Building and stands in wait for the rubble to come.

The rubble pile from the Baggage Building grows steadily larger with each passing day.

The last beams need to be severed to complete the demolition of the Baggage Building. Once the two buildings are separated, the Baggage Building will undergo the last part of the demolition.

Rubble and the last quarter of the Baggage building are shown on a cloudy day.

The last of the Baggage Building structure is being pulled away from the Terminal Building. The Terminal Building now stands alone, stripped of its age old friend and now ready for a rebirth to a new era.

The Baggage Building is reduced to only a pile of rubble to be hauled away and either recycled or disposed of as the once busy building has outlived its use.

The brickwork on the parapets has deteriorated and the embedded anchoring system is in danger.

The roof of the Terminal Building has been temporarily sealed to prevent further water damage until the new roof can be install in the fall of 2015. The parapets must be removed and rebuilt. A wood protective covering is placed before the bricks can be removed.

The temporary anchor system is placed to keep the historic corbels from falling.

Springfield residents employed on the job site work to secure the corbels to the roof deck, remove the parapet cap and carefully remove the brick for reuse to rebuild the parapet.

The harnesses employees are wearing prevent them from falling during the removal of the parapet.

The roof with the parapet caps and the parapets removed have a different appearance both from the roof and from below. The parapets will be rebuilt properly to prevent them from falling.

With the parapets removed and the corbels securely fastened to the roof deck and the roof deck protected, one can take the time to look across the top of the last part of the Baggage Building and observe how the landscape has changed.

Each wing of the Terminal Building is unique in that they provide windows to insure sustainable natural lighting for all future occupants.

The canopy on the track side of the Terminal Building is being reviewed to determine the condition and future function.

The Terrazzo flooring in the main concourse is being protected during construction and is to be refurbished during construction.

Here you can see the damaged marble from the stately columns in the main concourse.

The flooring in the main entrance to the Terminal Building will be protected and restored during construction.

The destination board, although battered and bruised, stands as a testament to the changing times. New LED and computer operated boards will replace the glass markers

This is the site for the new parking garage which will be built with access from Main Street. The Main Street Arch and Peter Pan Bus Terminal stand in the background.

The New Parking Garage will extend to fill the corner of Main Street and Frank B. Murray Street.

The retaining wall that was made structurally sound by the Baggage Building is now being held together with a soil nailing process which anchors to the soil behind the wall. At this point, the wall is 75% secured and the holes you can see will be secured with nails once the Baggage Building debris is removed.

The retaining wall ran behind the Baggage Building and still remains behind the Terminal Building. The wall supports the railroad tracks above.

Frank B. Murray Street is currently closed to thru traffic while it is being used during construction and will be modified and rebuilt to accommodate the new bus terminal and allow passenger drop off at the main entrance to the Terminal Building.

Page last updated:  Wednesday, July 29, 2015 10:42 am