It’s hard to imagine Union Station as a new building, or to think of Market Street out front as a much narrower thoroughfare than it is today, but both were once true. The train shed was also full carriages, though… Continue Reading
Back in February of 2014, the Grand Hall of Union Station was just starting to undergo its massive renovation into its current incarnation. I snapped some pictures of the public areas. It turns out that some of the original decorative… Continue Reading
Update: The on-ramp above has been permanently removed. The Ewing Avenue Bridge was demolished the last week of February 2021 for replacement. Readers will probably have two reactions to the discussion of the closure of the five entrances and exits… 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