Out on the western edge of the urban core of Cincinnati is the Union Terminal, which while still serving rail connections for the city, is now mostly turned over to museums.
There’s a great history of the building here; it was one of the last major train stations built in America and was apparently only saved by the outbreak of World War II which required the transfer of massive numbers of soldiers through its doors.
The figure of Mercury, the messenger god and travelers, is appropriate flanking the front doors.
There are two sweeping arms that flank the central rotunda of the station.
The station cuts a dramatic profile on its raised platform, high above the Mill Creek Valley on the edge of the West End.
No detail was spared, even for the staircase from the streets below up to the main level of the train station above.