These photos give a good idea of how the nearly-identical ends of the barrel vault are designed. I like the standing classical figures on the balcony with their lantern, balancing the arch full of their sisters above. But imagine what their arms must feel like after doing this for 116 years! One of these days I have to go back and take some shots from those balconies.
When doing a little more research online, I found that Union Station was once the largest and busiest train station in the world. All things must pass.
Today's post on Downtown St. Louis 365 considers the transformation
of a local landmark into scrap.