Part of the historic Jefferson Landing in Jefferson City is closing down. Brian Quinn with the Department of Natural Resources says concerns about the structural integrity of the Union Hotel is causing the agency to close the building ‘til further notice. Quinn says teams of engineers and construction experts will spend the next few weeks inspecting the structure that was built in 1855. The building is showing signs of water infiltration in some of the outside walls. That’s the same condition that brought down the building at High and Madison a couple of years ago. Whatever happens, Quinn says DNR will do what it can to save the building.
For now, the Amtrak station in the basement of the Union Hotel will close. But DNR is providing tents for train passengers to wait under and setting up portable toilets. Quinn says if the Union Hotel closure is long term, they will work with Amtrak and city officials to find a new place to catch the train.