Union Station : Michelin's recommendations
Completed in 1911, this impressive domed, Beaux-Arts structure is fronted by a Larry Anderson bronze entitled New Beginnings. The sculpture, depicting a 19C traveler with valise, recalls the romance of rail travel. The last train pulled out of Union Station in 1984, and thereafter the structure was left to languish for a number of years. An extensive 1992 restoration replaced the copper roof of the large dome and transformed the station into an entrance building leading to the new US Courthouse. The rotunda now displays monumental Dale Chihuly glass art. A public contest held to name the large glass installation hanging below the dome resulted in the title Cobalt Blue Chandelier. Each of the four mezzanine-level bays also frame Chihuly works: the east bay features a work from his Persian spinners series; the west is from his Venetian series; the south bay is known as the Lackawanna Ikebana Installation, as it incorporates the metal grid of an Erie/Lackawanna Railroad sign; an abstract acrylic painting hangs in the north bay.