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Rotunda at The Pennsylvanian

The Website for The Pennsylvanian gives an overview of the building and its history. That description is as follows:


"At the turn of the Century, a golden age when railroads were the fashionable way to travel, the then Pennsylvania Railroad erected a magnificent edifice, The Pennsylvanian Union Station. It was the gateway to Pittsburgh, the gateway to the West.The spectacular entrance to this gateway is a National Treasure - The Rotunda. A grand circular dome, with skylight, supported by four arched corner turrents. Within the interior of the Rotunda are ornamental plaques, dated "1900", and naming the four great destinations - Pittsburgh, New York, Philadelphia and Washington - serviced by Union Station. Above each plaque, the head of a woman, crowned with feathers, watching over these early travelers of a grand new age.


From the Rotunda, the journey continues to the Grand Concourse, the central feature of the elegant Office Space and Special Events at The Pennsylvanian. Nearly 10,000 travelers a day journeyed through this majestic structure with its arched openings, marble floors, ornately decorated walls, and vaulted ceiling topped by a 40 foot high translucent skylight that bathes this space in natural light.


Adjoining the Grand Concourse, The Pennsylvanian Residential Apartments and Corporate Homes have their own private entry into a lifestyle of elegance and style reborn from a previous age. From the welcome of the front desk attendant, to the stylish interiors of these apartment homes, featuring high ceilings and oversized windows, every effort has been made to make living here grand."


This is a spectacular structure. I will be back to photograph in the future. I would have liked to have the entire ceiling in the picture; however, this was taken at 11mm with the camera actually on the ground facing upward. Only if the structure was a little higher or the ground would sink just a snidge.


Camera: Nikon D70

Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)

Aperture: f/4.5

Focal Length: 11 mm

ISO Speed: 200

Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV


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Taken on November 13, 2005