Union Station A Decorative history of Washington's Grand Terminal Highsmith SC
Union Station A Decorative history of Washington's Grand Terminal Highsmith SC
Union Station A Decorative history of Washington's Grand Terminal Highsmith SC

Union Station A Decorative history of Washington's Grand Terminal Highsmith SC

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Union Station A Decorative history of Washington's Grand Terminal Highsmith SC
 
Union Station A Decorative history of Washingtons Grand Terminal  By Carol Highsmith & Ted Landphair Soft Cover 1988  96 pages.  

Where the idle gathered
The crossroad of the world
A shrine to Imperial Washington
The Haute Couture and the Hoi Polloi
Musty memorranda
Looking back fondly
Run for your lives, the wreck of the Federal Express
An aging Lady
The Pit
Renaissance

If, on February 28, 1903, as he signed "an Act to provide for a union station in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes," President Theodore Roosevelt could have known to what "other purposes" the station would one day come, he might have at least sighed before signing. If the turn-of-the-century political chiefs who made Union Station the keystone of their beautifying "Washington Plan" had divined that Orville and Wilbur Wright would achieve powered flight 10 months later-and known what that wobbly flight would ultimately mean to train travel-they might have scaled back, if not their blueprints, their rhetoric.
But the railroads were king in 1903, and so they commissioned an imperial transportation palace. From its grandeur to its dowdy decline and second coming, this is Union Station's story. Prominent Washington architectural photographer Carol M. Highsmith spent parts of five years documenting the pathetic dilapidation, and the painstaking rehabilitation, of this titanic building in the 1980s. Other collections produced memorable and historic photographs as well. As the long and tortuous life of Daniel Burnham's transportation palace unfolds in these pages, Union Station: A Decorative History may serve as its own preservationist's tool, keeping grand memories alive.

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