Delaware Avenue & Columbus Circle, NE

Delaware Avenue & Columbus Circle, NE (HM5B7)

Location: Washington, DC 20001
Country: United States of America

N 38° 53.746', W 77° 0.407'

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— UNION STATION - Architecture by Daniel Burnham 1908 —

Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, this was the world's largest train station when it opened - the station and terminal zone originally covered approximately 200 acres and included 75 miles of tracks. For over half a century its coffered ceilings and granite walls provided an impressive "gateway" for travelers to the nation's capital; among them were kings, queens, and presidents as well as millions of Americans and visitors from around the world.

With the growth of air travel, the station fell increasingly into disuse. A mid-1970's attempt to revitalize it as a "National Visitor Center" failed. The building was closed in 1981. Later that year the Congress enacted the Union Station Redevelopment Act, and the 1985 - 1988 renovation project restored the building's grandeur. Today, in addition to serving Amtrak, MARC and Metrorail travellers, the station houses over a hundred shops and restaurants and hosts exhibitions and international cultural events.

In front of the entrance to the station stands a 45-foot-tall marble fountain monument to Christopher Columbus, topped by a 15-foot figure of the explorer. It was created by sculptor Lorado Taft, who worked with Daniel Burnham on its design.
HM NumberHM5B7
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania Railroad series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 7:44am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 325966 N 4307123
Decimal Degrees38.89576667, -77.00678333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.746', W 77° 0.407'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 44.76" N, 77° 0' 24.42" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5436-5442 Delaware Ave NE, Washington DC 20001, US
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