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Property Name Keokuk Union Depot
Reference Number 13000109
State Iowa
County Lee
Town Keokuk
Street Address 200 Exchange Street, Keokuk, IA
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 3/27/2013
Areas of Significance Transportation, Architecture
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The Keokuk Union Depot is locally significant under National Register Criterion A for its contribution to the development of Keokuk and the American railroad system and it is also significant under Criterion C as it represents the work of Burnham and Root Architects. The Keokuk Union depot, built in 1891, was a product of the fast expanding American railroad system when cities were eagerly trying to enhance their railroads to gain maximum transportation and commerce opportunities. In addition, it is one of the last, exceptional Romanesque Revival examples of the illustrious, Chicago architect, John Wellborn Root, before the time of his death. The building conveys simple, borrowed features of the Romanesque Revival movement that was becoming popular within America at that time.


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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria