Update: The hotel has been renovated, and the train shed has been converted into a convention center and aquarium.
Wow, it’s been a while but Union Station’s mall is just about empty. What were once Dierdorf and Harts and a bookstore now sit empty. Abandonment is sort of like a snowball; if it starts rolling it can be hard to stop the momentum.
But on a happier note, the hotel is still just as stunningly beautiful as it has always been since its renovation. The side lobby still elicits the same sense of style that it had a hundred years ago.
The detailing, with its gilding and Romanesque Revival elements are still crisp and clean.
The lighted floor, which my father said were once common throughout the United States, still impresses me.