Lobby stairs to waiting room and concourses, Chicago & North Western Railway, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1912

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    Chicago and North Western Terminal opened in 1911. The new station on West Madison Street was enormous and expertly designed. The headhouse occupied a full city block, with the approach tracks and train sheds spanning an additional two blocks to the north. Though hemmed in on all sides by dense urban development, the entire complex nonetheless covered thirty-eight acres in total. From the beginning, the station was designed to handle 250,000 passengers and 500 trains per day, though its actual usage, even during World War II, never approached these numbers.

    Today the station is the Metra Ogilvie Transportation Center.

    Taken from the Detroit Publishing Co. Collection at the U.S. Library of Congress.
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    [PD] This picture is in the public domain.

    ggaabboo, Ks of W, opacity, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. trialsanderrors 77 months ago | reply

      the ceiling looks like basket weaving...

    2. Alessandra Carreño 77 months ago | reply

      yeah, it does! nice!! good eye.

    3. Chicago Love 77 months ago | reply

      this is grand

    4. Senor Roboto 76 months ago | reply

      The ceiling is a technique called "Guastavino tiling". The barrel vault of the main waiting room was done in the same technique.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guastavino_tile

    5. trialsanderrors 76 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the very informative link. Too sad this technique has fallen out of fashion.

    6. maisa_nyc 76 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called B&W Chicago, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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