The inside of Union Station is pretty impressive to say the least. One of the first things you notice are these incredible marble columns – there are 34 of them and there’s a bit of a controversy that surrounds them, but we’ll get into that in a bit.
Now if you were to walk down the center aisle and look straight up… well, we’ll let Joe Botini describe it.
Notice the barrel Vault ceiling in the center is 47 feet high and it has octagonal coffers in the center. Just a beautiful structure with the windows on the side. Now each side of the center section has a flat ceiling supposedly patterned or styled after a Roman bath, and you can see the sky lights on each side – there are four on each side – those skylights during World War two were painted black as a precaution against enemy planes seeing light.
The waiting room here is 15,000 square feet. The building is 120 feet by 128 feet. It’s almost a square building. The walls are marble panels. Now take a look down at the floor. The floor is terrazzo, which is a composite of chips of stone, glass, or other materials all sort of bonded together. And remember this floor is more than 100 years old. Now look around and notice…
Four 37-foot-long benches on either side, that are heated with steam heat inside the benches. Of course in a building this large, you don’t try to heat the building, so they heated the benches to keep the people warm.