RSA Union – The Monroe Street Phase

Monroe St Phase

As Dr. Bronner outlined it early in 1992, the Monroe Street segment would consist of seven structures.  Two major office buildings, three large parking decks, a child care center and an outlet mall.  Three architectural firms would be included in the action–PH&J would design the two office buildings and the child care center; Watson, Watson & Rutland (2WR) would do two of the three parking decks; and Goodwyn-Mills-Cawood would design the outlet mall and the third parking deck.  As you will discover in reading this and the other stories, it didn’t exactly work out that way, but it was close.

This particular series of stories primarily concerns the work on the upper (Capitol Complex) end of Monroe, which consisted of the RSA Union office buildings, its adjacent parking deck and a stand-alone parking deck two blocks down Monroe near the Capitol.  The lower (downtown) end of Monroe, covered in other stories, was to include the RSA Tower, the child care center, the outlet mall and the largest parking deck.

Union Map Plan

This Location Map, Taken From the Union Construction Drawings, Shows the Initial Concept of the Monroe Street Development, Including the Outlet Mall, and It Positions the Parking Deck Directly Opposite the Tower. Subsequently, the Waterfall Park Replaced the Deck, and the Deck Replaced the Outlet Mall.

-Charles Humphries (“Peril and Intrigue Within Architecture”)

This is one of many RSA Union stories. The rest can be found here.

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