Behind the Scenes: Restoring Union Station
An earthquake damaged Washington, D.C.’s world-famous train station in 2011. ARCHITECT toured the ongoing work to restore this American masterpiece.
"Inside Union Station, the gateway to the nation’s capital, scaffolding rises nine stories into the air. There, on the fourth and final staging level inside the train station, workers restore the ceiling of the Beaux-Arts masterpiece, designed by architect Daniel Burnham for Washington, D.C., in 1907. Architects and preservationists call this level the "dance floor."
At 90 feet up, close enough to touch the barrel-vaulted ceiling, Union Station shows its age. A 5.8-magnitude earthquake near Mineral, Va., in 2011 added fractures along the ceiling inside the station’s Main Hall and concourse. Those cracks extended to the 255 octagonal coffers as well as the more than 350 diamond and triangular coffers along the Main Hall’s ceiling. Upon close inspection, the gold-leaf gilding at the center of those coffers—a signature of Union Station—appeared to be flaking, peeling, and tarnishing.”
Read the full ARCHITECT article by Kriston Capps here.