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Union Train Station in Chicago

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 22 December 2009 in Transportation and Portfolio.

The architect of Union Station was Daniel Burnham of Chicago, who died before its completion. The firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White completed the work to Burnham's designs. Work began in 1913 and the station opened on May 16, 1925, though some construction on viaducts carrying streets over the approach tracks went on into 1927. Construction was delayed by World War I, labor shortages and strikes. It is one of about a dozen monumental Beaux-Arts railroad stations that were among the most complicated architectural programs of the era called the "American Renaissance", combining traditional architecture with engineering technology, circulation patterning and urban planning.

Upon its completion, Union Station was hailed as an outstanding achievement in railroad facility planning. Today, the monumental neoclassical station is the last remaining railroad terminal still used by intercity trains in Chicago.

Photo taken September 25, 2009.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/60 second F/6.3 ISO 100 18 mm

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Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

You know it sure didn't look like that last I passed it :) I like your world!

22 Dec 2009 6:30am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Powerful architecture! Too bad it doesn't have a huge square in front of it!

22 Dec 2009 10:04am

zOOm from Paris, France

Great retro architecture powerfull enhanced by your HDR !

22 Dec 2009 10:15am

Ravi from Bangalore, India

Nice framing. The frame captures a lot, clearly.

22 Dec 2009 12:06pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

A superb composition, very successful.

22 Dec 2009 12:36pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Good colour

22 Dec 2009 1:37pm

John from Geneva, United States

Very nice coloring, Steven.
You forgot to mention it as the site of the Elliott Ness shootout in "The Untouchables"!

22 Dec 2009 1:48pm

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden

Union Station is colossal and the entrance to drop Hertz are _so_ tiny :)
Great processing.

22 Dec 2009 3:07pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

I love this purple car :))

22 Dec 2009 3:25pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


22 Dec 2009 5:39pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I am constantly in awe of the buildings you get to photograph.

22 Dec 2009 5:58pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This has an "other world" look about it (Steve's world) it's great fun and looks like a cartoon image. I love the way you continue to push the envelope and try to create something different and adventurous.

22 Dec 2009 7:26pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Kinda' nice to see a vibrant train station in a mid-west city.

23 Dec 2009 3:40am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely old station. A grand image.

23 Dec 2009 4:26pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

your hdr is taking a lovely turn for the sleek... what are you doing differently...? :)

29 Dec 2009 5:34pm