The new portals for the Liberty Tubes are nearly finished, and they look splendid—almost exactly the way they looked when the tunnels opened in 1924. The unfortunate mid-century boxes are now only a memory.
After years of work, the Liberty Tubes (spelled “Tunnels” but pronounced “Tubes”) are finally getting their new facades at both ends. This is the downtown end, seen from the end of the Liberty Bridge. The new facades will be very much like the 1924 originals, which were replaced by a pair of mid-century boxes that were a satire on International-style architectural trends, masking a naturally arched structure with a false rectangular front. At left, we can see the wooden arch form in place; at right, the completed arch for the southbound tube.