BRU Burger in Converted Evansville Greyhound Station

The abandoned Evansville Greyhound station is now a BRU Burger restaurant (Image: Brandon Bartoszek. Evansville Greyhound station is now a BRU Burger restaurant)

Those who’ve visited the BRU Burger Bar in downtown Evansville, Indiana may well have marvelled at its striking Art Deco architecture and iconic Greyhound sign above the entrance. Built in 1939, the structure served as the American city’s Greyhound station for decades, but ultimately fell into disuse. But unlike many abandoned bus stations, the landmark building on the corner of Sycamore and NW 3rd Street wasn’t left to rot.

The iconic running Greyhound sign in Evansville, Indiana (Image: Brandon Bartoszek. The iconic running Greyhound sign)

The Evansville Greyhound station was built in the Streamline Moderne style, a late branch of Art Deco that emerged in the 1930s and embraced curving forms and horizontal lines. By 2013, the building had been passed to Indiana Landmarks, which was tasked with restoring the ailing structure and finding a new tenant.

Evansville Greyhound station's Steamline Moderne facade (Image: Brandon Bartoszek. Evansville Greyhound station’s Streamline Moderne facade)

The adaptive reuse scheme was a success and the Indianapolis-based BRU Burger restaurant moved into the space. Inside Indiana Business reported in November 2016: “The building was originally constructed in 1939 and has undergone significant renovation in the last year, including a major facelift of its blue, enameled steel panels on the outside of the building and relighting the “running” greyhound sign.”

An Art Deco landmark in downtown Evansville, IN (Image: Brandon Bartoszek. Abandoned Art Deco elegance)

These photographs by Brandon Bartoszek show the Evansville Greyhound station before it was renovated. For those who want a virtual glimpse of the old bus station while still shuttered and empty, look no further than Google Street View (below).

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