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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Union Station: 1906

Union Station: 1906

Worcester, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "Union Station." Whose clock tower illustrates the campanile vogue in public architecture at its vertiginous peak. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Lawlessness omnipresent

Only one scofflaw not walking in the crosswalk.

Public Safety

Are those crosswalks, or at least their early cousins? Seven percent safer than standing on the tracks!

Fancy

Someday I want to live in a vertiginous campanile.

The Age of Rail

Arrive on a steam train, leave on an electric street car. Or vice versa. Plenty of choices apparently. And that's a mighty impressive stone arch, even if it's only a facing.

Nice curves

There's something really pleasing to the eye in those shapes that make up the building. Seems like the challenge was to make a box shape more rounded and with softer lines. I like the look. Even the railing along the peaks, which I assume are to keep the birds off, have a nice well thought out appeal to them.

It looks as though the passengers are well catered for after their train journey, with cabs and trams all awaiting a fare.

I too had to scramble for my trusty dictionary to learn two new words for the day, you're a tease there Shorpy Dave!

Another educational post

I had to look up two words just in the description.

1875-1910

This was the first Union Station, built at Washington Square in 1875 the second and current was built 1910. The clock tower from the first station was removed for construction of the expressway in the 1960s.

 
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