On Aug. 23, 2011 an earthquake struck the U.S. east coast, with its epicenter located in Mineral, Va., which is located towards the middle of the state.
As a result of the 5.8 magnitude quake, several buildings across the region were damaged, many of which are historical structures.
One structure that sustained earthquake damage was Union Station in Washington D.C. Just a short walk from the nation's Capitol Building, Union Station is an active train station, home to Amtrak, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Maryland Rail Commuter Service (MARC) and the Metro's Red Line. The station also services ground transportation as well.
While the Station serves a practical purpose for traveling, a visit to the Union Station gives the feel it is more than a standard transportation hub.
In addition to the rails, Union Station currently houses an upscale mall full of shops, restaurants and services. It also has a food court and other stores. Visitors can purchase tickets to various tours, and buy souvenirs or other items right inside the station.
The architecture is impressive. Built in 1907, the care and attention to detail when designed is evident.
Union Station sustained damage after the Aug. 2012 earthquake that shook the region. The Main Hall is prepped for inspection and/or repair.
Upon entering the station today, the Main Hall is open again, but the very visible sight of ongoing repairs is evidenced by the signs of construction. For safety purposes, nets continue to drape the station to catch any potential falling debris and the presence of scaffolds are abundant as workers inspect and repair the structure.
The ongoing repair in Union Station is evident to visitors. Nets have been hung to catch any potential debris that may fall.
The history of Union Station is quite interesting. It's incredible to think a mere couple of decades ago this beautiful piece of architecture was almost bulldozed by man before the decision was made to revitalize and preserve…and fortunately after last summer's earthquake, the structure is still standing and able to be repaired.
Scheduled to be partially completed come May 2012, with the Main Hall anticipated to be completed in Feb. 2013, visitors can still enjoy what's to be found at Union Station during the repair process. By this time next year, if all goes as scheduled, visitors can once again enjoy the beauty of a restored Union Station.