Readers will probably have two reactions to the discussion of the closure of the five entrances and exits in this post. It will either be, “I’ve never heard of these in my entire life,” or “Oh no, those were my… Continue Reading
I caught this image of Union Station through a break in the old warehouses and office buildings of downtown.
The former Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, built and dedicated between 141-161 AD provides an excellent example of how Western Civilization has responded to its ancient past. After falling into disrepair, it was converted into the church of San Lorenzo… Continue Reading
Ah yes, the “Meeting of the Waters” by Carl Milles in Aloe Plaza; originally it was the “Marriage” but uptight St. Louisans made them change the title. I really like the sculpture group/fountain, because it draws on a long tradition… Continue Reading
Union Station is full of surprises, in the little details such as the coats of arms on this window lintel. Ireland, and perhaps other countries (my heraldry is rusty) appears above. Below, it’s interesting to see the details not eroded… Continue Reading
The head house gets a lot of attention, but the simple lines of the train shed is beautiful in its own right, a constant symphony of geometric shapes forming and dissolving as one walks through the space. The train shed for… Continue Reading
Union Station might be famous for its size and grandeur, but I also like the small details as well, like this swag below. Or look at that little round window hiding inside the larger Roman arch. Do you see it?
There’s still a fair bit of the remnants of the distant outbuildings of Union Station, down towards the Mill Creek railyards. This maintenance building, now roofless, once sat right where the tracks headed into the station from the main lines.… Continue Reading
The concourse at Union Station has been cleared of its intrusive shops, and has returned to an appearance that is closer to its heyday.
Update: The train shed out back has undergone a dramatic renovation, having been converted into a convention center and a new aquarium. The hotel, including the Grand Hall, has been dramatically re-envisioned. I went by Union Station to check out… Continue Reading