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 represent the number of states at the time of the station’s opening in 1907.

USRC hired John Canning & Co. to clean, repair, and restore the Main Hall statuary, a task that had not been undertaken since the 1980s restoration. This conservation work was completed in November 2019.

This project was partially funded by a Transportation Alternatives Program grant administered by the District of Columbia Department of Transportation.

Photo Credit: Sarah Mayersohn, USRC Document/Archive Manager