09 October 2008

sweeping into york

York Train Station / York, United Kingdom
Upon stepping out of the train from Edinburgh to York, I was immediately captivated by the sweeping lines of the train station's roof. I felt a clear sense of movement and direction - so unlike our own Penn Station in New York. The curved glass clerestory roof was somewhat typical of station design of that era, bringing natural light into an otherwise dark and sooty area caused by the locomotives passing through. The present train station serving York, the historic walled city in North Yorkshire, was put into service in 1877. On completion, it had 13 platforms and was the largest in the world. The building was subsequently damaged during the Second World War and extensively repaired in 1947.

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