Monday, October 16, 2006

Union Station




These are photos that I took of Union Station here in Washington, DC. Union Station is a major hub for Amtrak along the Northeast corridor. I find the architecture near the main entrance fascinating!

Preview: On Wednesday I'll take you back across North Capitol Street towards Benning Road (east of the Anacostia river). I have a little story to share. Peace~

40 comments:

NML said...

Wow it's really beautiful and a far cry from Port Authortity in NYC. Or any stations in London for that matter...

Stephen Bess said...

Hello, NML. Yeah, the port authority in NY is quite grimey. I guess that it goes with the character of the city though. :)

Majonzi said...

I love DC and the Union station..... so beautiful/ I hope to make it next year!!! great pics mate!!

Stephen Bess said...

Majonzi-
Hello and welcome. I hope that you're able to make it here. I hope to do some traveling next year too. I wish the best for both of us. :)

Aly Cat 121 said...

Dayum the closest I got to Union Station when my Hunny took me back home to visit his family was a dayum "drive by." He and his brother were like "ohh that's this, and that's that" while the car kept moving. Something about parking and traffic. LOL. I thought the inside of it was grand! Maybe next year. (altho I did have a chance to eat some of those yummy little crab and Maryland crab cakes)

Stephen Bess said...

Aly-
lol! Oh, you did the driveby. :)I hope you get a chance next time. The crabcakes definitely makes it a little better. I wish I had some now! Thanks for stopping in. Peace~

gnightgirl said...

Great pix. Love the first one, you can just see the "hustle and bustle" in it.

Stephen Bess said...

Gnight-
That's my favorite too. Thanks! :)

Rethabile said...

I know DC but little. You make me wanna visit it.

Stephen Bess said...

Rethabile-
It can be an interesting place with the right tour guide. I can't do the plain 'ol monuments. I'd have to take you to places that I like such as: Frederick Douglas home/Cultural tour. There is a lot of history in this city that is overlooked by many who live here. It would be great!

African girl, American world said...

yup the architecture is amazing!

Stephen Bess said...

What's up Mwabi! Thanks for stopping through.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Beautiful architecture can really lift one's spirit, can speak for the city. I've seen some amazing works of architecture art in books and some in real life.

All they're putting up here are huge concrete *things*, no design, no plan.

Shai said...

I LOVE going to places with old architecture. I go downtown here in Detroit and am in awe of some of the old buildings and their intricate design. The headquarters of my old job took YEARS to finish. That was when hand craving and craftsmanship ruled. Now we have pre-fabricated buildings put up in milliseconds.

ToastedSuzy said...

Wow! I love the pictures. Very pretty.

And I'm looking forward to the story.

TS

Ash said...

Nice one...

Rethabile said...

Take me to Douglas' place anytime. Would love it.

gi said...

I simply love the old architecture,to me its the work and heart of some person who took their time and fitted everything just right. Maybe will see it someday...

palo-girl said...

hey,
that place looks amazing! i always liked domed ceilings

thanks for dropping by my blog :)
peace

Stephen Bess said...

GG-
I agree. It is someone's imagination manifested. It's beautiful.

Shai-
I know. Everything is prefab now. It's terrible. Btw, hello and welcome.

TS-
Thanks and hello.

Ash-
Thank you and welcome.

Rethabile-
So much history! Yes, I enjoy it everytime.

Gi-
Thanks for the comment and welcome.

Palo-
Hello and thanks for stopping by as well.

Nevah~ said...

I have never been to DC but one day, just one day I'll make my visit.

Stephen Bess said...

Writz-
DC is interesting. It's thought of as mainly a transient town by many, but there is a distinct culture here. I hope you can visit.

tryphina said...

I like your new skin Stephen, pretty colourful :) Nice pix, I am crazy about the interior with the dome, looks like "Park Station" on the movie Tsotsi it's simply an all change station. I know, I know, well that's a station where everyone have to get off the train!!

Stephen Bess said...

What's up Try! I thank you for the compliment. Park Station sounds like a place that I want to see one day. I hope to next year.

Gooders Girl said...

So beautiful, never been there...I had a blonde moment though. I thought, I don't remember Penn Station looking like that!

Stephen Bess said...

Gooders-
lol! We all have those moments. :)

urban butterfly said...

Gorgeous photos, Mr. Bess!! I've never been inside of Union Station, just drove pass. Even the area surrounding is pretty nice. Thanks for sharing! =)

Stephen Bess said...

UB-
Really?? You should just take the subway over there one day and just walk around. There are shops, movie, food court and wierd people. It's exciting! :) I'm glad that you like the shots. Thanks!

Professor Zero said...

I love this kind of train station. The one I was in in this style most recently was in Portland, OR - I hadn't realized that was one of these great old train stations, but it is.

And it's odd - I was being nostalgic about the Union Station in Chicago today,
and then discovered you had posted this!

Stephen Bess said...

Profzero-
Ahh...nostalgia can be beautiful. I'm often nostalgic about a lot of things. I've been to Chicago many times, but never their Union Station. I'll have to visit next time.

Michelle said...

Nice pics. I live in KC and for decades our Union Station train station lay dormant and closed. For a long time, it was an eyesore. When it was refurbished, FINALLY, it was amazing! Everytime I go in there, I'm reminded of a time past -- it's so easy to feel the history of the place. Some of it's most notorious history is the infamous 1930s Bureau of Investigation Massacre at the hands of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. I can only imagine what our Union Station was like on that horrific day. Anyway -- I know you like history -- so here's a link, although you probably know the story already! Peace & blessings to ya, Mr. Bess...

http://kansascity.fbi.gov/massacre.htm

Michelle said...

btw -- hope you're enjoying your prizes!

Heimdallr said...

Great photos Stephen, love the arches.
Will look forward to your story.
And like the new avatar. :-)
Sandy

Ash said...

Thanks for visiting my blog....good to see you!

Reflex said...

Oh, yes it is a really big station, the architecture is remarquable.

Stephen Bess said...

Michelle-
I have heard of "Pretty Boy" Floyd, but I didn't know the history behind him and the connection to KC's Union Station so thanks for the info. :)

I bought 4 books with my giftcard and a cd.

Books: Book of poems by Ishmael Reed, two books poems by Maya Angelou for wife and daughter

CD: Best of Gil Scott-Heron Live

Thank you soooooo much! I'm a happy man. :)

Sandy-
Thank you and I will post as soon as blogger lets me.

Ash-
Thanks for having me. :)

Reflex-
Hello and yes it is fantastic architecture.

Michelle said...

Dang -- you wasted no time with that giftcard! And how sweet to share your gift with the fam! Glad you're happy...be blessed.

Stephen Bess said...

Michelle-
My wife told me to spend it all on me, but I knew better. :)
They were so happy when I gave them those books of poetry. I feel blessed. :)

Cergie said...

I'm recognizing the station that reflex published twice; It's amazing how the same subject can be shown by different ways.

stephen, I'm must met in paris my daughter this morning, and I'll travel by RER and metro, I'll come back to read you later.

Stephen Bess said...

Cergie-
Sounds good and safe travels. Thanks! I was compelled to take those pictures while I waited for my cousin. We were going out to dinner that night. Enjoy your day and weekend.

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