Architectural Details

The Terminal Building is a two-story simple expression in the High Victorian Italianate Style, with segmental-arched openings.

The two street facades at Harris and 11th are brick veneer while the others are finished with cedar clapboard. Both street facades are capped by a wooden frieze and bracketed cornice. It has been restored very closely to its 1889 appearance with the exception of the cornice, which is much less elaborate today.

It is likely the bricks used on the Terminal Building came from ships arriving from Asia which used bricks as ballast. Ships need weight to stabilize themselves. If not full of cargo, sailing ships had to take on anything heavy that won't easily shift, such as rocks or bricks. Much of the subsequent brick used in the historic district buildings was made locally.