Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Union Terminal

Cincinnati's magnificent art deco style railroad terminal building is now the home of Cincinnati Museum Center. Visitors approach the massive 10 story, arched, limestone and glass east facade of the building through a quarter mile plaza.
The main concourse (rotunda) interior dome spans 180 ft. with a clear height of 106 ft.
German artist Winhold Reiss designed two 22 ft. high 110 ft. long color mosaic murals.
The terminal now holds a history and science museum, children's museum, omnimax theater, a historical library, and an operating Amtrak passenger service.
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15 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Wow! That is an awesome building!! Terrific shots, Carol! I think it's wonderful that they allowed the building to have a new "life"! Great post for the day!

Enjoy!

Sylvia

Spiderdama said...

Great building and facade! Very nice shots!;-)

mrsnesbitt said...

Great stuff! Thanx so much for contributing to ABC Wednesday!

Tumblewords: said...

Incredibly beautiful building. I'm partial to that style and your photos are magnificent!

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. Union station has such pretty colors and lines. I love your pictures. Very interesting!

Sistertex said...

That really looks like a pretty cool place. Thanks for sharing!

twobarkingdogs said...

Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing.

Firefly said...

That is one impressive building. Its a very good idea having the museums in a working terminal. It means that visitors waiting for the train can go through the museums.

Carolyn Ford said...

That is a beautiful building! Such amazing color and lines. Very nice captures.

Pacey said...

Wow, those ceilings are magnificent and i love the color of it...what a great building structure.

Rose said...

A magnificent building! I'll have to remember to visit this place the next time I'm in Cincinnati.


I've missed your posts the last few Wednesdays!

Roger Owen Green said...

Never been to THAT Union Station, though I have been to one in DC. Both are impressive.

photowannabe said...

Magnificient building. I'm so glad something wonderful was put in it. I would hate so see something like that demolished in the name of progress.

Mary D. said...

My Grandmother and Grandfather used to catch the train here at Union Station -Cincinnati. I can remember as a young girl of 7 going to the station to see them off. You entered the side doors after walking through the large dome, and went down the stairs to the tracks. The back side of the building is lower and allowed the trains to come through.

jay said...

What an incredible - and beautiful - building! I'm glad it's being used for something creative, which will ensure its future. :)