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Union Station (Washington, D.C.)

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dc.coverage.spatial Site: Washington, District of Columbia, United States en_US
dc.coverage.temporal opened 1908 (creation); restored 1988 (restoration) en_US
dc.creator D.H. Burnham & Co. en_US
dc.creator Saint-Gaudens, Louis en_US
dc.creator Taft, Lorado en_US 1908 en_US 2012-12-20T15:52:16Z 2012-12-20T15:52:16Z 1908 en_US
dc.identifier 177836 en_US
dc.identifier.other archrefid: 1982 en_US
dc.description Frontal view, entry portico; The firm’s few monumental commissions included the Union Station (1907) in Washington, DC, of which Peirce Anderson was in charge. It is a remarkably spacious and successful composition of characteristic volumes. Inspired by several works including the the Arch of Constantine (exterior, main facade) and the great vaulted spaces of the Baths of Diocletian (interior); and notable for prominent siting at the intersection of two of Pierre L'Enfant's avenues, with an orientation that faced the United States Capitol just five blocks away; a massive scale, including a facade stretching more than 600 feet and a waiting room ceiling 96 feet above the floor; stone inscriptions and allegorical sculpture in the Beaux-Arts style; expensive materials such as marble, gold leaf, and white granite from a previously unused quarry. The 1988 renovation added shops, restaurants and movie theaters. Source: Wikipedia; (accessed 7/9/2010) en_US
dc.format.medium Guastavino tiles; stone; white granite; marble en_US
dc.rights © Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc. en_US
dc.subject architecture en_US
dc.subject Transportation en_US
dc.subject Twentieth century en_US
dc.subject Beaux-Arts en_US
dc.title Union Station (Washington, D.C.) en_US
dc.type image en_US
dc.rights.access Licensed for educational and research use by the MIT community only en_US
dc.identifier.vendorcode 1A1-BC-US-B1 en_US
vra.culturalContext American en_US
vra.technique construction (assembling) en_US
vra.worktype passenger terminal en_US
vra.worktype railroad station en_US
vra.worktype mixed-use development en_US
dc.contributor.display D.H. Burnham & Co. (American architectural firm, 1891-1912); Lorado Taft (American sculptor, 1860-1936); Louis Saint-Gaudens (American sculptor, 1854-1913) en_US

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