The Community Center by Pat Sides



Located at Eighth and Main Streets, this building was constructed in 1908 as a station for the Evansville and Terre Haute Railroad and later served as a Chicago and Eastern Illinois passenger terminal. During the Second World War, it was converted to headquarters for the USO, which provided a “home away from home” for the scores of GIs passing through the city. When the war ended, the station re-opened as a community center, which hosted dances and other social activities until its demolition in 1966 to make room for the Civic Center. The four massive columns at the entrance were later incorporated into the Four Freedoms monument on Evansville’s riverfront.


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