Union Station's $22M Skylight
I go through Union Station everyday that I'm downtown for work, but I very rarely go through the Great Hall. Most of Union Station is gross, but it is slowly improving - starting with the unveiling of the renovation to the Great Hall. I took this photo last week showing off the new (costly!) skylight and you can see a little bit of scaffolding in the upper reaches of the Hall.
From the Tribune:
Union Station’s Great Hall, a stopping point for millions of travelers since 1925, is a lot brighter this holiday season, thanks to a $22 million renovation of its skylight and decorative walls and ceiling.
The centerpiece of the Great Hall is the 219-foot-long skylight rising 115 feet above the floor.
For almost a year, the skylight has been obscured by a suspended working deck as Berglund Construction and architect Goettsch Partners repaired it and added another modern, protective skylight 5 feet above the original. Natural light in the Great Hall has now increased by 50 to 60 percent, according to Leonard Koroski, principal at Goettsch.How about spending some of that dough to improve the platforms? Too much to ask?