Completed Projects

Marble Floor Tile Replacement Project

The marble floor tile replacement project took place from February to July 2020. Since the floor tile was restored in the 1980s, damage from wear-and-tear and removal of the Center Café and fountains in the Main Hall necessitated repairs. The original marble quarry, which was the source of the 1980s tile, was depleted. However, a […]

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Main Hall Vestibules and Exterior Roman Legionnaires Restoration Project

Restoration of the six historic vestibules on the north and south sides of the Main Hall and the exterior Roman Legionnaire statuary above the front entrance was undertaken from March to May 2020. Installed in 1912, the six exterior statues are included in the set of 46 Roman Legionnaires designed by Louis Saint-Gaudens, which represents […]

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Main Hall Roman Legionnaire Statues Restoration Project

The restoration of the historic Roman Legionnaire statues located at the balcony level of the Main Hall commenced in August 2019. Installed in 1912, the 36 statues that adorn the Main Hall were part of the original construction of Union Station. They are included in the set of 46 statues designed by Louis Saint-Gaudens, which […]

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West Hall Roman Legionnaires Restoration Project

From October 23 to November 1, 2017, Materials Conservation Co., LLC restored the Roman Legionnaires in the West Hall. This important initiative was undertaken with funds received through the successful Cities Project crowdfunding campaign. The project could not have been undertaken without all the donor contributions, as well as the collaboration of the National Trust […]

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RETAIL CONCOURSE CEILING PROJECT

Between April 2016 and November 2017, seismic steel reinforcement and plaster restoration work was undertaken on the Retail Concourse barrel-vaulted ceiling. Much like in the Main Hall, the Retail Concourse ceiling experienced damage during the 2011 earthquake and this work addressed the damages and strengthened the ceiling. To perform the repairs, a custom-designed, suspended rig […]

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ROSTRAL COLUMNS RESTORATION COMPLETE

The rostral columns and balustrades located in the front of Union Station were part of the original station design by Daniel Burnham in 1908. Two “gateways” comprised of pairs of large classical rostral columns mounted on stone balustrades were to frame the magnificent façade of the station. Each column was decorated with lights and topped […]

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Union Station Main Hall Restoration

In 2008, Union Station developers, Union Station Investco (USI), proposed new retail plans that would alter the historic Main Hall. As a historic building owned by the federal government and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, there is a federal requirement by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 that a […]

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Historic Preservation Plan

USRC, in partnership with Amtrak, Akridge, and Union Station Investco, LLC (USI), has completed the official Historic Preservation Plan for the Washington Union Station complex. This plan marks the culmination of a 14-month drafting process during which station partners worked with Building Conservation Associates, Inc. (BCA) to ensure the inclusion of a catalog of historical information from […]

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Ceiling Restoration in the Main Hall and Retail Concourse

In August 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the DC metropolitan area, affecting Union Station. The most notable damage was to the historic plaster ceilings in the Main Hall and Retail Concourse. In order to inspect and repair the monumental coffered ceiling, a rolling scaffolding system was designed to allow for the public to continue […]

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Station Signage Improvements

As a large, multi-function facility, the Station can at times be difficult to navigate. To ease the users experience within the Station, USRC and USI engaged designers to develop a new signage plan. The design incorporates similar signage options and elements that were present at the original construction of the Station. By eliminating visual clutter […]

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