Nothing quite compares to walking through Washington DC's Union Station and witnessing its beauty. And now you can experience the wonders of this one-of-a-kind historic landmark no matter where you are!
Today, Union Station is a mixed-use, multimodal transportation hub and shopping center. Built at the turn of the 20th Century, this beautiful Beaux-Arts building was constructed in part to be a grand gateway to the Nation’s Capital, an idea the station still represents to this day. A silent witness to some of the United States’ most memorable periods, Union Station has a varied and rich history that you may not think about when entering the building today.
During this 90-minute virtual event, the audience will join two presenters from Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (one showcasing the station’s history through historic photographs and another on-site, giving a live, close-up tour of the featured spaces), as they show you some of the station's hidden wonders, live!
This hybrid virtual experience will focus on three of the station’s most decorative spaces: the Main Hall, East Hall, and Presidential Suite. The Presidential Suite is not usually accessible by the general public, but during this online experience, you will get a good look at this amazing space, which has remained virtually unchanged from its original construction.
Founded in 1983, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) is a nonprofit organization charged with three main objectives: preserving and restoring Union Station’s historic and architectural significance, maintaining the station’s long-term function as a multimodal transportation center, and enhancing the retail and amenities within the station. The staff of USRC have a variety of backgrounds, including historic preservation, archives and record management, urban planning, transportation, building management, finance, and outreach and communications.
Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.
This Online Experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.
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This event is one of Atlas Obscura’s Online Experiences. At Atlas Obscura, our mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Now, more than ever, there’s a need to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other.
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