Union Station Hotel was originally a railroad terminal. It was opened in 1900 to serve passengers from the 8 railroads that were providing service to the Nashville area. This station also serviced streetcars until 1941 when they were discontinued. The station was made in a late-Victorian Romanesque Revival style of architecture. The clock in the tower was originally a mechanical digital clock until the French silk drive belts were unavailable during WW1. It was then replaced with a traditional analog clock.
During WW2 the station reached peak usage because tens of thousand US troops were shipping out from this station. The station was also the site of a USO canteen. In October of 1979 the station was entirely abandoned. The stations structure stayed empty for many years. The people of Nashville did not want the station to be destroyed or reconstructed because it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was designated as a National Landmark in 1977.
The legendary mobster Al Capone traveled through the Nashville Union Station on his way to the Georgia Penitentiary abroad the Dixie Flyer.
Prior to the grand opening of the Union Station hotel it had underwent an $11 million renovation to restore the station to it's original glory. In December of 1986 it official opened as the grand hotel that it is today. The architecture inside the hotel are extravagant.
The main lobby area is home to 65-foot, barrel-vaulted lobby ceiling, featuring gold-leaf medallions and 100-year-old, original Luminous Prism stained glass.
Also in the main lobby area you will find Marble floors, oak-accented doors and walls, and three limestone fireplaces.
There is a story that the Union Station Hotel is haunted by a woman and her WW2 soldier boyfriend. This is the platform that the legend says the woman threw herself off of to her death. Here is a link to read the full story http://www.gothichorrorstories.com/behind-urban-legends/haunted-hotels-in-nashville-tn-union-station-hotel/
This is an example of more of the amazing stained glass that is preserved in the hotel. This is the entrance to the hotel from the inside.
This is the entrance to the hotel from the outside.
Make sure the next time you are in Nashville you stop by and visit the Union Station Hotel. You will not be disappointed. http://unionstationhotelnashville.com
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