From the window of the Streetcar Stables
Building at 17th Street and Wynkoop Street, I view the
beautiful Union Station across the street. A
strong facade with tall windows and the Union Station
sign atop and a gentle curve to compliment the windows
Union Station is simply a
very impressive structure and occupies the
leading role of the area.
The Oxford Hotel, Wynkoop
Brewing Company, Streetcar Stables, and The
Ice House surround the entrance to the grand
station. With the rebirth of those
buildings, near the same time, the north and
south wings of Union Station were being
demolished. I photographed the
interior of the Wynkoop Brewing Company
during its birth; I could see the demolition
of the north wing out the window.
On each side of the main
terminal, parking lots were present.
Cars filled the north lot, and the tractor
trailers of the Post Office covered the
south lot. The south lot even had its own
little gas station with two pumps.
The prominent Union Station was
exactly between the Ice House and the massive Post
Office Annex Terminal building, all along Wynkoop
We will continue our journey from the
front of Union Station and work our way around the
station in a large circle.
The huge Post Office structure was at
the corner of Wynkoop Street and the 15th Street Viaduct
to the south of Union Station. The Wazee Super
Club was nearby at one end of the viaduct, and My
Brothers Bar at the other end of the viaduct. The tiny
Moffat Train Station was in the middle of the viaduct,
as well as the Monarch Mills building. The 15th Street
Viaduct offered wonderful views of Union Station from
above and below. At the Moffat Station, walking north,
the 16th Street Viaduct was straight ahead in the open,
and vast fields lay directly behind Union Station.
Once again, enormous views from above and below the
viaduct offered great photo opportunities.
under the viaduct, now between the 16th
Street viaduct and 20th Street viaduct, I
looked to the east and the back of Union
Station; it was just as beautiful, a mirror
view of the front. Now rabbits and
birds made their home on this side of the
station, peaceful in the fields.
Getting closer to the
terminal, the passenger/train platforms were
present. The platforms provided access and
cover for its visitors. The platforms were
beautiful as well, long and horizontal,
clinging to the ground. Always in view of
the station, the curves of the top of the
platforms framed the wonderful view of Union
Station, it was magic.
The 20th Street Viaduct
completes our journey at the north boundary
of the Union Station area.
From the Highlands neighborhood, the
viaduct spanned the the Platte River and valley, into
the area just north of Union Station.
The imploded Firemen's Grain building
was nearby, now the main entrance to Coors Field.
The 20th Street viaduct also offered fantastic views
from above and below of Union Station and the Ice House
as well. The north end of the station is were the trains
entered and exited the terminal with their signature
horns and whistles that would rumble by, vibrating the
ground. All aboard! - Kim Allen