Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Christmas at Union Station

The Grand Terminal Decked for the Season

Christmas at Union Station
Wreath in the great arch.

I'm not ready to stop celebrating Christmas yet. For our Orthodox brethren it is still yet to come anyway. Here are some photos I took last year of the great station decorated for Christmastime.

Union Station was created as a result of the McMillan Plan as the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad decided to build one grand station as a fitting entry into the capital. The terminal, designed by Architect Daniel Burnham, was completed in 1907. The Pennsylvania and the B&O were then able to remove trackwork and terminals from the National Mall. Today the tracks leading out to the bridge across the Potomac run through a tunnel beneath the city.

Christmas at Union Station
Tree in the grand concourse.

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