April 1853
Union Depot Opens

Designed by architect Edward A Vincent

November 1864
Union Depot Destroyed

The Union Depot is burned by the Union Army leaving Atlanta, beginning Sherman's March to the Sea

Second Union Station Opens

The second Union Station is built during the Reconstruction Era in 1871, on the site of the 1853 station. It was designed by architect Max Corput and built in Second Empire style

Terminal Station Opens

Serves 80 passenger trains per day

Second Union Station Destroyed

Replaced by the third Union Station (1930)

Third Union Station Opens

Serves the Georgia Railroad, Atlantic Coast Line, and the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway

Third Union Station Destroyed

Terminal Station will also be destroyed the same year

Terminal Station Destroyed

The Richard B Russell Federal Building is built on the site and named after a known segregationist

Obama Studies Gulch

The Obama Administration completes its fast-track dashboard study for the Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT)

Amazon HQ2

The site is rumored to be the new location of Amazon's HQ2

October 2021
Centennial Yards

Under Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the Gulch is sold to real estate developer CIM Group, with plans to infill the site funded by a $2B taxpayer-funded incentive. The incentives are the largest ever put forth by the city and the subject of property tax lawsuits. The plans still do not include a new transit terminal for MARTA

Updated Feb 18