I brought my trusty iPhone 4s to Toronto’s Union Station this week to snap photos of Canada’s largest and most palatial train station.
Union Station was constructed between 1914 and 1920 by Toronto Terminals Railway. On August 6th, 1927, it was opened to the public in an extravagant ribbon-cutting ceremony by Prince Edward, Prince of Wales (using a pair of gold scissors). According to Wikipedia, numerous other dignitaries and members of various governments were in attendance that day including Prince George, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario William Donald Ross and his wife, Prime Minister of Canada William Lyon Mackenzie King, Premier of Ontario George Howard Ferguson, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Stanley Baldwin and Mrs. Baldwin.
Since its grand opening, Union Station has received high praise from both dignitaries and critics for its opulent design done in the Beaux-Arts style. Designing this monumental structure was a collaborative effort led by Montreal architectural firm, Ross and Macdonald. The other collaborators were CPR architect, Hugh Jones, and Toronto architect, John M. Lyle. In this photo, we see 7 of the 40 Roman Tuscan columns that stand proudly on Front Street.
Monument to Multiculturalism by Francesco Pirelli
This is one of five identical sculptures made by Pirelli. The other four are located in Buffalo City, South Africa; Changchun, China; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Sydney, Australia.
The towering columns dwarf the happy traveller.
Let’s head inside…
The opulent Ticket Lobby is commonly known as the “Great Hall.”
The Great Hall’s four-storey tall arched windows closely resemble those found in Roman baths.
Every train is running on time today.
The monumental scale of Union Station is warranted as it has over 250,000 people going through its doors every weekday.
The Union Station Revitalization Project is currently underway. You can read about the City of Toronto’s future plans for the station here.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of Union Station!