Year of Palladio

Railroad Stations

The architects of the American Renaissance were especially keen to celebrate cities with imposing entrances in the form of railroad stations. Regrettably, Penn Station, Americaís greatest railroad station and probably the signature building of the American Renaissance has been lost. Its great concourse was inspired by Romeís Baths of Caracalla. Fortunately, important monumental classical stations survive to give us a taste of the ancient grandeur first delineated by Palladio _. A short list includes New Yorkís Grand Central Station, Philadelphiaís 30th Street Station, Baltimoreís Pennsylvania Station, Chicagoís Union Station, and Richmondís Broad Street Station, now the Science Museum of Virginia. Also a work by John Russell Pope, Broad Street Stationís dome served as the prototype for the saucer domes Pope would later employ for the National Galley of Art and the Jefferson Memorial _(Figure 86).

Figure 85
Figure 85
Figure 86
Figure 86

Churches | Railroad Stations | Commercial Buildings

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