Broad Street Station was designed by John Russel Pope, who also designed the Branch house on Monument Ave, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The Broad Street Station, also Known as Union Station was his only Commercial commission that he designed.
The Neoclassical, Beaux Arts Station was completed in 1919. Proportions of the Building were monumental as were many Beaux arts structures and train stations for its time.
After WWII train service boomed from Broad Street Station, but ridership eventually declined, and the station was closed in 1976 with plans to turn it into an office park. Fortunantly, the building was saved, and The Science museum of Virginia opened in its place in 1977. Since then, the Science museum has installed an Imax theatre in the northwest corner, and Installed 2 of the worlds largest Kugels (The first one broke in 2005, and was moved to the back in between the old train platforms).
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