Style: Neo-classical and Beaux-Arts
Architects:Daniel Burnham, assisted by Pierce Anderson
Statues above Columns: Louis St. Gaudens
Learn About Union Station in Washington DCIn the 1800s, major railway terminals like the Euston Station in London were often constructed with a monumental arch, which suggested a grand entrance to the city. Architect Daniel Burnham modeled the arch for Union Station after the classical Arch of Constantine in Rome. Inside, he designed grand vaulted spaces that resembled the ancient Roman Baths of Diocletian.
Near the entrance, a row of six massive statues stand above a row of ionic columns. Titled "The Progress of Railroading," the statues are mythical gods chosen to represent inspirational themes related to the railway.
- Prometheus, representing Fire
- Thales, representing Electricity
- Themis, representing Freedom and Justice
- Apollo, representing Imagination and Inspiration
- Ceres, representing Agriculture
- Archimedes, representing Mechanics