WASHINGTON — The gold-coffered, arched ceiling of Union Station has never looked better.
The Main Hall has been fully restored nearly five years after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattled the D.C. region, the Union Station Redevelopment Corp. said in a news release Monday.
The station’s Main Hall is no longer hidden by the webs of scaffolding and netting that were erected in the repair process after the quake.
The cracks in the ceiling’s plaster have been repaired, the vaulted bay has been repainted, and there’s new gold leafing applied to its ornate, gilded panels.
The cafe, previously located in the center of the Main Hall, was recently dismantled, along with two large planters. The removal of these elements and the scaffolding allows station visitors to fully appreciate the space as it was historically designed, the corporation said.
It’s the first time in a half-century that the space has been largely unobstructed, the corporation said.
The Union Station Redevelopment Corp., a nonprofit charged with overseeing its long-term restoration, says that more than 100,000 people pass through the station every day.
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