12 October, 2009

The Train Shed at St. Louis Union Station...circa 2009 - My World


Saint Louis Union Station is a stop on the MetroLink and a favorite stop for lunch and dinner of many sports fans coming into the downtown area to attend games. All three stadiums are located in downtown Saint Louis. Busch Stadium (Cardinals baseball), Edwards Jones Arena (Rams football) and Scott Trade Center (home of the Saint Louis Blues)and located off the MetroLink.

I had a bit of trouble photographing inside the Train Shed. The bright sky, the shadows, the glass, the water, the massive beams, all seemed to contribute to my problems with clarity. Including the koi! The water was merky or I would have shared a shot of the many koi. Here's a few of my better captures:


In August 1985, after a $150 million renovation, Union Station was reopened with a 539-room hotel, shopping mall, restaurants and food court. The hotel is housed in the headhouse and part of the train shed, which also houses a lake and shopping, entertainment and dining establishments. Omni was the original hotel operator, followed by Hyatt Regency Hotel chain and now Marriott Hotels as of December 2008.


The Midway, once serviced more than 100,000 rail passengers a day. The 610-foot-long and 70-foot-wide concourse was connected to the massive Train Shed, where passengers lined up to board trains through one of 32 boarding gates. The Midway was constructed with a light steel trussed roof of glass and iron. Today it serves as a passageway filled with an array of shops and restaurants.



The Train Shed, 11.5 acres of sweeping arches, was the largest single-span train shed ever constructed. It once covered the greatest number of train tracks (32) than any other station in the nation. Measuring 606 feet wide by 810 feet long, the Victorian-engineered shed soars to 140 feet with its massive space divided by five structural bays. The Shed currently houses retail and restaurant facilities, a portion of the Marriott Hotel, the lake, event and parking areas.


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36 comments:

Sylvia K said...

That is quite a train station! Great post and terrific photos! Looks like it has a little of everything!

Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Vita Stunder said...

Great post!
I agree with Sylvia that is quite a train station!

Have a nice week :)
Anna

Reader Wil said...

Erin, these photos are fabulous! I enlarged them and they are stunning and impressive! Thanks for sharing and don't be too modest, for the shots are great!

Jack and Joann said...

Jack's Missouri relatives have taken us to this area of St. Louis. Nice shots. I love these historic train stations in the U.S.

eileeninmd said...

Great series on the train station. It is so much more than just a train station.

Snap said...

I've visited the St. Louis Union Station several times and always enjoyed it. Fun place and these shots remind me of what a wonderful time we had in St. Louis. Thanks for the great shots.

JOE TODD said...

What an interesting place to visit

Barb said...

Hi Erin,
These photos really capture the vastness of the station. I think my favorite is the fountain. Your header is continually changing - I always think I'm in the wrong place!

Photo Cache said...

More like a tourist destination than a train station.

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Guy D said...

Love these photos, alot!

All the best
Guy
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Postcards from Wildwood said...

What an amazing place, Erin. So great that it was repurposed and can still be appreciated for the feat of engineering and the beautiful structure that it is, whilst still having a genuine purpose in today's world.
Janice.

J said...

It looks hyperreal and modern, like it's from a sci fi book.

J Bar said...

That's excellent.
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Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful building and shots.
Luiz Ramos

Wren said...

I love traveling by train, and wish it was thriving more as a mode of transportation. Regardless, it is nice to see the older buildings preserved and brought back to life.

I like the photos - the lighting gives an unusual mood to the scene.

James said...

Wow, I've never seen a train station like that before. That was a nice tour of it.

Ebie said...

Wow, the pictures are superb. And that's one huge train shed! I love your new header too!

Enjoy your week!

Arija said...

What a huge somplex!

Irene said...

Your photos show off the train station well.

Pam said...

What a magnificent train station. No wonder its so popular. Your photos are spectacular.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Erin: That is certainly a beautiful structure and looks like a great place to visit.

LadyFi said...

Fountains in a train station. Amazing. Love the first one with all the different tints of blue.

Daryl said...

Wow .. that's an amazing renovation... puts Grand Central to shame .. its only got restaurants and shops, no hotels or koi ponds

Tes said...

Hi Erin, Your train station looks so clean and modernized. I like the dreamy effects applied to it! :)

MedaM said...

I am impressed with that train station; it is just stunning. Your photos are fantastic especially when they are enlarged.

koala said...

Impressive place and You seem to overcome those difficult photo conditions perfectly!

Wolynski said...

That's a grand station - it's great when they renovate, instead of tearing it down. And we do need more train travel. Lovely photos.

alicesg said...

The train station looked so beautiful and the blue panels are so attractive. It does not look like a train station, more like a shopping mall. :)

Lantaw said...

Love the dreamy look of the photos

Ann said...

It is good to reuse a building. What has happened to all the 100,000 rail passengers? They all bought cars and clog up the roads?

Thanks for visiting.

chrome3d said...

Those were excellent photos and I don´t think that you had that much problems to show it! A larger outside photo could have been okay too, to better understand what kind of building it is? Or was it so big that it was hard to fit it in to one photo?:-)

uncleawang said...

Wow!!!what a train station with all the five star hotel,very impressive:)
Thanks for sharing yr great world.

Martha Z said...

Very interesting post and you did a good job of capturing the feel of that unique space.

Melusine said...

Interesting post and great captured!

Honeymoon bed breakfast said...

St. Louis Union Station, a National Historic Landmark, is a former passenger train terminal in St. Louis, Missouri. Once the world's largest and busiest train station, it was converted in the early 1980s into a luxury hotel, shopping center, and entertainment complex. Today, it is one of the city's major tourist attractions.

The station opened on September 1, 1894, and was owned by the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis. Designed by Theodore Link, it included three main areas: the Headhouse, the Midway and the 11.5-acre (47,000 m2) Train Shed.

Shenandoah bed and breakfast said...

St. Louis Union Station, a National Historic Landmark, is a former passenger train terminal in St. Louis, Missouri. Once the world's largest and busiest train station, it was converted in the early 1980s into a luxury hotel, shopping center, and entertainment complex. Today, it is one of the city's major tourist attractions located on Market Street.