Downtown Holyoke was once home to copious gorgeous buildings: an opera house, a stunning flatiron building, a marble hotel. Gone. All gone. One treasure that remains is our HH Richardson designed train station. Here's what it looked like in the days of yore:
Marshall Field store in Chicago and Trinity Church in Boston's Copley Plaza. For a succinct history of Holyoke's gorgeous train station, visit the wiki page.
Our Mayor announced the train station would be redeveloped as......wait for it.......a train station! After some track improvements, Amtrak passenger rail is coming to Holyoke in 2012. That's right. Late next year, I can get on a train in Holyoke and go to Hartford for lunch and NYC for dinner.