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Behind the Scenes: “Hidden” at Union Station

Union Station is an amazing building. If you haven’t seen the Brian de Palma’s Untouchables, there’s a scene where a baby carriage careens down the stairs that’s shot in Union Station. Yet as rail travel declined across America, the grand stations like Union Station fell into disuse. Public spaces like the Women’s Lounge, were hidden from the public. These slides take you to some of these hidden spaces.

Via Flickr:
Compare these views to photos from Union Station in the 1950s in this old brochure:

Another view of the same space. It's really quite largeCanal Street ArcadeRetail space entranceEmpty retail/restaurant spaceWould be a great place for a steakhouseShaft to the basement
The Great HallFormer Women's LoungeA large, airy spaceCurrently used for storageView of the Women's Lounge in the 1950sMural in the Women's Lounge
Decorative ceiling in Women's Lounge(Sealed) entrance to the Women's LoungeWhere does this door lead?The former Fred Harvey (quick service) restaurantCorner of Fred HarveyThis space was closed after a fire in the 70s or 80s
Evidence of fire damageLooking back towards Great HallBalcony in Fred HarveyAnother view of the Fred Harvey spaceWas probably the Fred Harvey kitchenFred Harvey back in the day


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