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Union Station - St. Louis - detail

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 23 June 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Detail from the lobby area of the passenger rail station in St. Louis. (This was a last minute switch for today's image - inspired by the several comments posted here yesterday)

This architectural gem now serves as entrance way to The St. Louis Hyatt Regency - as well as to a splendid urban shopping center. The concourse where the scores of platforms and gates once led to trains - now houses a delightful arena of enclosed restaurants and shops - as eclectic as the city itself.

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Marie Le Corre from Dauphiné, France

Very beautiful composition. Light is fabulous !

23 Jun 2008 5:32am

@Marie Le Corre: Thank you, Marie

Shun from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Wow. Great details! Thanks for presenting another shot from this beautiful station.

23 Jun 2008 7:08am

@Shun: Mirko - my pleasure. I was so very rushed when I was taking these images. I'd been detoured to the station in search of a St. Louis souvenir for a friend, and had a meeting scheduled in a short time after. I'm looking forward to returning to St.Louis soon with the intent of returning to Union Station. There are a wealth of images in this place - waiting to be caught.

Anthony Lambert from Germany

Great feeling of height and space together with wonderful architecture.Good shot.

23 Jun 2008 7:42am

@Anthony Lambert: Anthony, thanks.

daina from United States

Terrific architectual shot - the color and lights reveal its richness. Somehow the office sign seems ludicrous in such an ornate place.

23 Jun 2008 1:04pm

@daina: I wouldn't describe the 'Office' sign as ludicrous as much as a sign of the times. The railroads could be quite miserly to the employees who worked in those offices - but their big city terminals stood as temples to their empires.

America's railroads at the time this edifice was constructed were the backbone of the nation's expansion and wealth . Even as late as 1939* - The Pennsylvania Railroad had more employees than the federal government, if you can imagine that! *(source: David Brinkley's, "Washington Goes to War.")

Zygene from morlaix, France

Une très belle architecture.

23 Jun 2008 6:13pm

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

someone spent a lot of time and money into erecting and designing this building. how old is it? it is wonderfully maintained. great detail of a very fine building, indeed!

23 Jun 2008 8:59pm

@dj.tigersprout: DJ - go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Union_Station

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Quite a structure; quite a capture.

24 Jun 2008 4:52am

@sherri: Thank you, Sherri. I'm hoping to back there in August if I can free the time.