Posts belonging to Category 'Union Station'

Russell Senate Office Building

Russell Senate Office Building - Intersection of Constitution Avenue NE and Delaware Avenue NE, Washington, DC

Russell Senate Office Building - Intersection of Constitution Avenue NE and Delaware Avenue NE, Washington, DC

The Russell Senate Office Building, the oldest of the Senate office buildings, was built between 1903 and 1908. The building with an area of 658,250 square feet is built in the Beaux Arts architectural style.

The photograph above was taken at the intersection of Constitution Avenue NE and Delaware Avenue NE. This is the main entrance for the building. The impressive Rotunda with its marble columns is located just inside this entrance.

The Russell Senate Office Building is located between Constitution Avenue NE and C Street NE and between Delaware Avenue NE and 1st Street NE in Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Russell Senate Office Building.

Closest Metro Station: The Union Station Metro Station on the Red Line is nearest to the Russell Senate Office Building.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court at 1 First Street NE

Supreme Court at 1 First Street NE

Contemplation of Justice
Contemplation of Justice

In 1935 the Supreme Court moved into this building designed by Cass Gilbert and constructed between 1932 and 1935. Before 1935 the Supreme Court had no building of its own and met in a variety of places. In the very early years of the republic it met in New York and in Philadelphia. In 1800 it moved with the rest of the federal government to Washington and spent most of its time holding sessions in the United States Capitol.

The Supreme Court has exhibits, a theater showing a film on the Supreme Court and lectures. It is also possible to sit in on arguments being made before the Supreme Court. Click Visiting the Supreme Court for more information.

This statute on the left of the entrance to the Supreme Court is Contemplation of Justice by James Earle Fraser. The contemplative woman holds a blind figure of justice in her right hand.

Supreme Court Chamber in the Capitol 1810 - 1860

Supreme Court Chamber in the Capitol 1810 - 1860

Most of the time from 1801 to 1935 the Supreme Court met in the United States Capitol. The Court met in the room shown in the image starting in 1810 until 1860. Although this room was not used continuously during that period. When the Capitol was burned during the War of 1812, the Court met in other locations, returning to this freshly restored chamber in 1819.

The Supreme Court is located at 1 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20543. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Supreme Court.

Closest Metro Station: At about one-third of a mile, the Capitol South Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the Supreme Court. The Union Station Metro Station on the Red Line is about half a mile from the Supreme Court.

National Postal Museum

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National Postal Museum Entrance on First Street NE

The National Postal Museum is located just across First Street NE from Union Station in Washington DC. The museum has the following permanent exhibits: Binding the Nation (the early history of mail service), Customers and Communities (evolution of mail delivery), Moving the Mail (advances in postal transportation technology), The Art of Cards and Letters, and Philatelic Gallery (exhibiting some of the best stamp collections).

The museum is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20002. It is just across 1st Street NE from Union Station. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the National Postal Museum.

Closest Metro Station: The Union Station Metro Station on the Red Line is nearest to the National Postal Museum.

Columbus Statue

Columbus Statute on Columbus Circle at Union Station

Columbus Statute on Columbus Circle at Union Station

Ship Figurehead on Columbus Statute

Ship Figurehead on Columbus Statute

The Columbus Statute is located just in front of Union Station on Columbus Circle. In the picture the statue blends in with the similarly colored and much larger Union Station behind it. The Knights of Columbus paid for the statue that was designed by Lorado Taft and dedicated on June 8, 1912.

The inscription of the side facing Union Station reads:

To
the memory of
Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus on Columbus Statute

Christopher Columbus on Columbus Statute

whose high faith
and
indomitable courage
gave to mankind
a new world

Born MCDXXXVI
Died MDIV

MCDXXXVI translates to 1436, and MDIV translates to 1504. Interestingly I believe Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy in 1451 and died on near Valladolid, Spain on May 20, 1506. Perhaps the dates of 1436 and 1504 were believed to be accurate in 1912 when the statute was dedicated. And as we all know, whatever we think now takes precedence over what somebody else knew before, so on a statute designed today the dates might read:

Lion on Columbus Statute

Lion on Columbus Statute

Born MCDLI
Died MDVI

Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Columbus Statue on Columbus Circle.

Closest Metro Station: The Union Station Metro Station on the Red Line is nearest to the Columbus Statue.

Freedom Bell

Freedom Bell on Columbus Circle in Front of Union Station

Freedom Bell on Columbus Circle in Front of Union Station

The Freedom Bell is located just in front of Union Station on Columbus Circle. It weighs 8 tons and is seven feet in width and seven feet five inches tall. The bell was conceived as a bicentennial gift by the American Freedom Train Foundation. The American Legion erected the bell on behalf of the children of America. It was dedicated on July 22, 1981.
The plaque on the ground in front of the bell reads:

The Freedom Bell

Dedicated to
The Spirit of the Bicentennial
on Behalf of
The Children of Our Nation
Given By
The American Legion
And
American Legion Auxiliary
1981

Click Here for Google Map showing the location of Freedom Bell on Columbus Circle.

Closest Metro Station: The Union Station Metro Station on the Red Line is nearest to the Freedom Bell.

Union Station

Union Station and the Postal Musuem (On the Far Left)

Union Station and the Postal Musuem (On the Far Left)

Union Station opened in its current renovated form in 1988. It has a huge food court, other restaurants and many stores of all kinds. In addition (although perhaps this should be first) it is station for Amtrak trains in Washington DC. And of course Union Station is served by the red line of the Washington DC Metro.

Union Station is located at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Click Here for Google Map of Union Station.

Closest Metro Station: Not that this isn’t obvious, but the Union Station Metro Station on the Red Line is nearest to Union Station.

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