An Opulent Design
Like New York’s Grand Central Station, this stately building’s beautiful architectural details make it more than just a rail station- it is a proud Toronto landmark. Visitors entering the main entrance of Union Station pass by the towering exterior columns that are lit up at night, reflecting the classic Greek and Roman architecture that inspired the building’s design. Once inside, the expansive interior of the main floor known as the “Great Hall” is infused with natural light and features the destinations that the railway trains have journeyed to over the years engraved in the stone beneath the cornices.
A team of architects worked together to design the building in the Beaux-Arts style, and the beauty of its marble floors, soaring vaulted ceiling and four-storey windows caused the Prince of Wales to remark during the official opening: “You build your stations like we build our cathedrals." In 1929, the first underground path was built in Toronto when Union Station was linked to the newly constructed Royal York Hotel.