Union Station, Washington, D.C., circa 1913

Summary

Washington's Union Station was opened by the Baltimore & Ohio and Pennsylvania Railroads in 1907. The monumental building -- well suited to a city of monuments -- was part of a larger project to beautify the nation's capital in the early 1900s. The removal of the Pennsylvania Railroad's previous station, located directly on the National Mall, was a major component of the plan.

Washington's Union Station was opened by the Baltimore & Ohio and Pennsylvania Railroads in 1907. The monumental building -- well suited to a city of monuments -- was part of a larger project to beautify the nation's capital in the early 1900s. The removal of the Pennsylvania Railroad's previous station, located directly on the National Mall, was a major component of the plan.

Artifact

Postcard

Date Made

1913

Subject Date

27 April 1913

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

00.694.30.34

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 3.375 in

Width: 5.375 in

Inscriptions

on front, upper left corner: Union Station, Washington, D.C. text on back: The New Union Station at Washington was built by the U.S. Government, Pennsylvania and Baltimore & Ohio Railroads, at a cost of $18,000,000. It is the finest Railway Station in the world, built of white granite, and exceeds the Capitol in dimensions, with a length of 760 feet and a width of 343 feet. message on back: Arrived at this station at 6:00 P.M. yesterday Robert.

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