|Baggage Depot, looking north, 2000|
Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey
The shelters wouldn't be very big, but they do raise an interesting question: Should they mimic a historically appropriate design? Or should they be clearly modern and distinct from the historic bits?
I'm not sure there's a clear and obvious answer - it seems pretty contextual, and oftentimes making the distinction serves a greater purpose than faux historicism. You don't want historic districts totally full of Disneyfied fakery.
Here, though, I think I lean towards something less modern. I'm feeling the romance of the train station, full of arrivals and departures! What do you think? (The staff report recommends approval as proposed, as the structures keep the scale and massing consistent.)
|Proposed Design for three shelters at new Greyhound Depot|
from the Hearing Notice
Additionally, the site plan worries me with increased prospects for right-hook crashes.
|Site plan (rotated counterclockwise 90 degrees)|
|The main driveway would be just past the railing - very tight!|
Have they really thought about turning radius and the bike lane?
And as with the Keizer Transit Station, more thought should be given to how non-auto users will actually use the facility. It's not enough just to install the furniture; it has to be usefully installed.
The Historic Landmarks Commission meets at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 19th, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 555 Liberty St SE.
(For more on the historic baggage depot renovations, see notes here.)