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Q What is the history of Columbia's Union Station at 401 Main St.?
Union Station in Columbia was designed by the architect Frank P. Milburn and constructed in 1902 between Main and Assembly Streets. The structure is an excellent example of the eclectic architecture of the turn of the century. It was the home of the Southern Railway and the Atlantic Coast Line. It housed night clubs, restaurants, and shops but was abandoned in 1954 as a railway facility due to reduced traffic. It was refurbished in 1972 and now houses California Dreaming, a popular restaurant.
Sources: Russell Maxey, Columbia's Bicentennial 1786-1986; John Hammond Moore, Columbia and Richland County: A South Carolina Community, 1740-1990; Walter Edgar, Columbia, Portrait of a City; The State, 30 May 2006.