History of Union Station
Northampton's Union Station was designed by the noted architect Richardson and built in 1896. It was the hub of great excitement, expectation and adventure for many travelers and their families. The station was the scene of both happiness and tears, where Presidents and college students were welcomed and brave men and women sent off to serve and protect our country. To local manufacturers and farmers, Union Station served as a vital distribution link. It was also the first stop for mail carried to all points of the world. The station was, indeed, the lifeblood of Hampshire County.
In 1917, and again in 1928, fire swept through a portion of the baggage room and upper offices of the station. Despite considerable damage, trains continued to run and ticket sales resumed only days after the fires. The 1950's brought a slow decline to the thundering roar of trains. Union Station was gradually losing out to the automobile, bus and airplane. Until 1985, the glorious station housed a machine shop. Northampton got its train station back when, in 1986, The Depot Restaurant was opened after extensive renovations to this historic landmark.
The final phase of the restoration was completed in 1998 with the opening of The Tunnel Bar, which occupies the original tunnels used to allow travelers to access the platform for boarding the trains. After over 25 years of operation as The Depot, Union Station Restaurant. Union Station Banquets and Spaghetti Freddy's, the restaurants were closed in 2011. The seasonal outdoor bar The Deck and The Tunnel Bar remained open and continue to serve thirsty customers from near and far.
2014 brought some exciting changes to this historic site. A new ownership group conducted a major renovation to bring this beautiful Northampton landmark back to its glory days. The original train platform was converted to The Platform Sports Bar, which opened in April of 2014. This exciting new space features over 20 TVs, a private viewing room, The Blue Goose, and this area's best pub food for lunch, dinner and well into the night.
The original train station and restaurant space has been converted into The Grand Ballroom at Union Station, the Valley's newest and most elegant wedding and banquet facility. Our first wedding was held in August 2014.
To add to the excitement, a passenger train service has returned to Northampton, serving passengers traveling north to Vermont and south into New York City and beyond. We are excited to have been chosen for the site of the new train platform.
We hope you will visit us soon to see for yourself the wonderful transformation. We ask that you sit back, relax and enjoy the elegance of the train station, both past and present. As you look around, note the original tile and granite and appreciate the magnificent architecture and craftsmanship, remembering that all the work you see was done by hand and with care.