Photos: Renovations completed at Union Station

Visitors can now enjoy a brighter, unobstructed view of the grand Main Hall of Union Station. The scaffolding and safety netting was removed as rehabilitation work neared an end in late April. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Visitors can now enjoy a brighter, unobstructed view of the grand Main Hall of Union Station. The scaffolding and safety netting were removed as rehabilitation work neared an end in late April. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
On Tuesday, Nov. 22 riders trying to get to Union Station will face the reduced Red Line service due to the 24/7 track work. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Light shines though the glass ceiling of the West Hall and into the newly rehabilitated Main Hall. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Facing the west hall under the grand arches of Union Station head house. The five barreled, vaulted bays sprawl across an open space for the first time in half a century. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Facing the West Hall under the grand arches of Union Station head house, the five barreled, vaulted bays sprawl across an open space for the first time in half a century. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The center cafe and two marble planters, which originally served as fountains, were removed in April. The Union Station Redevelopment Corporation says this renovation allows visitors to the station to fully appreciate the space as it was historically designed. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The center cafe and two marble planters, which originally served as fountains, were removed in April. The Union Station Redevelopment Corp. says this renovation allows visitors to the station to fully appreciate the space as it was historically designed. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 225 recessed coffers in the arched ceiling have been repainted. The gilded, octagonal panels are surrounded by over 350 triangular accents. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 225 recessed coffers in the arched ceiling have been repainted. The gilded, octagonal panels are surrounded by over 350 triangular accents. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 225 recessed coffers in the arched ceiling have been repainted. The gilded, octagonal panels are surrounded by over 350 triangular accents. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 225 recessed coffers in the arched ceiling have been repainted. The gilded, octagonal panels are surrounded by more than 350 triangular accents. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The rectangular panels in the the arch bays on the north and south side of the Main Hall a embossed with a gilded egg and dart trim. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The rectangular panels in the the arch bays on the north and south side of the Main Hall are embossed with a gilded egg and dart trim. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 36 figures of Roman legionnaires on the station's balcony stood guard throughout the renovation. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 36 figures of Roman legionnaires on the station’s balcony stood guard throughout the renovation. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 36 figures of Roman legionnaires on the station's balcony stood gaurd throughout the renovation. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 36 figures of Roman legionnaires on the station’s balcony stood guard throughout the renovation. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
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Visitors can now enjoy a brighter, unobstructed view of the grand Main Hall of Union Station. The scaffolding and safety netting was removed as rehabilitation work neared an end in late April. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
On Tuesday, Nov. 22 riders trying to get to Union Station will face the reduced Red Line service due to the 24/7 track work. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Facing the west hall under the grand arches of Union Station head house. The five barreled, vaulted bays sprawl across an open space for the first time in half a century. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The center cafe and two marble planters, which originally served as fountains, were removed in April. The Union Station Redevelopment Corporation says this renovation allows visitors to the station to fully appreciate the space as it was historically designed. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 225 recessed coffers in the arched ceiling have been repainted. The gilded, octagonal panels are surrounded by over 350 triangular accents. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 225 recessed coffers in the arched ceiling have been repainted. The gilded, octagonal panels are surrounded by over 350 triangular accents. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The rectangular panels in the the arch bays on the north and south side of the Main Hall a embossed with a gilded egg and dart trim. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 36 figures of Roman legionnaires on the station's balcony stood guard throughout the renovation. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The 36 figures of Roman legionnaires on the station's balcony stood gaurd throughout the renovation. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

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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