#ThursdayDoors — Union Station

You know, there are a lot of things I take for granted here in the city. Kinda sad, huh? Like I am all about how we have the world’s largest children’s museum, and I’m always pointing out to people that the LOVE sculpture is made by Robert Indiana who is from guess where?


But until Dan posted his own Union Station post, I hadn’t thought about our Indianapolis Union Station in … uh, well, I don’t recall.
Regardless, I found myself telling Dan how the Indianapolis Union Station was the first in the world. Crossroads of America and all that.
Then I realized, hey, it’s still there, I should go see it. Dan said he hoped that it wasn’t in an area where The Mister wouldn’t want me going alone. I said I’d take the dog. Well, I didn’t take the dog. We had dinner on East Street, and there was Union Station, so The Mister dropped me off. (Then he parked, and called to tell me where he parked, within viewing distance, because he’s just so damn thoughtful and protective. Isn’t he ever so dreamy?)

*stares off into space*


Anyway, here it is, the first Union Station in the world.


It opened in 1853.



I have to tell you, while I stood there taking the photo, I realized the entire foundation, including the walkway, is granite.



Also, check out the so deco lighting, obviously added later.


You can see the progression of dusk in my photos.



Sometime, I’ll go inside. I remember tiled walls.

#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To view other interesting doors, click the link and see what others are posting today.

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46 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — Union Station

  1. Benson says:

    Good catch girl. Not many folks go to Union Station now. Nice doors.

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  2. garym6059 says:

    I forgot how freaking cool Indy really is until I was up that way last month.

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    I love this building, Joey. Thanks so much for getting the photos.I love the arched windows and the turrets. They just don’t build stuff like this these days. I also really like the details in the brickwork. My favorite photo is the one of the half-round turret up against the square/rectangular turret (with the recessed brick sections). This is one beautiful building, and a significant hunk of history. I’m glad The Mister took you. I would have felt awful if something had happened. Thanks for the mention and thanks so much for sharing these photos!

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    That is one beautiful old building it would cost a king’s ransom to do an entire building of that size in all-brick today. The 3rd to last one looking up at the clock tower is my fave.

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    • joey says:

      Wouldn’t it though? Moo sat next to me while I uploaded the photos and she was all, “Is that granite? All of it? Sheesh!” lol
      It really is beautiful. I wish it had great functionality to match, but at least the city owns it now 🙂


  5. bikerchick57 says:

    I love WordPress peer pressure. That’s an awesome railway station, Joey. I love older buildings like this one, they have character and beauty. Excellent job on this week’s challenge and thanks to the Mister for keeping you safe.

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  6. Beautiful building.

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  7. marianallen says:

    Wow! Gorgeous building! Nothing is in it now? How sad! Indy is cool, though, so the city will probably do something spectacular with it. 🙂 I love the huge round window!

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  8. ghostmmnc says:

    I love seeing old buildings. Was this Union Station originally a train station? I’ve been to a Union Station in Kansas City…still in use for trains. It is really old too.

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    • joey says:

      It still is a train station. Down to one platform now. There’s a lot goin on in there now, but a bit of this, a bit of that. You can click the link about it if you’re curious.
      I love old buildings too 🙂

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  9. Hats off to the ‘first’ Union Station. Beautiful architecture and it is nice that is kept up so well. Glad you were safe with your hubby watching over you. You got it good, girl. 🙂

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  10. Luanne says:

    What a beautiful “museum” of history! I hope they keep it forever.

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  11. jan says:

    Interesting. That’s some station!

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  12. Josh Wrenn says:

    Too cool!

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  13. So many train stations were built with such opulence. This one looks so lovely! I took the train from Lynchburg, Va to D.C. and was amazed by the beauty of that Union Station 🙂

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  14. Chez Shea says:

    You find such amazing, atmospheric buildings for this post- it’s great

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  15. Ally Bean says:

    I’ve been here! It was beautiful. Good choice for door photos.

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  16. Gorgeous, Joey. I especially like the shot of the three sets of doors with the art deco lights. Very cool.


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  17. Wonderfully (can’t seem to spell the word I want to put here) done. Maybe I’ll try this one: Wonderfully portrayed. Yay, the spelling is correct. I have MS and my memory likes to play tricks on me all the time. We have a Union Station in Chicago (an hour and 15 minutes by Amtrak). I’ve never thought to take pictures, though, as there are so many people coming and going, you can’t help but get some of them in a photo.

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  18. reocochran says:

    I am so excited to learn the very first Union Station is nearby where you live! My favorite part of this was the great big stained glass circle which I studied and wondered if this was a clock. I am using my best eyes, but worked today and this may not be a clock but I like it anyway! 🙂 Beautiful angles and photographs, Joey! ❤

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    • joey says:

      Thanks, Robin 🙂
      No, it’s not a clock, just a window, but it is beautiful and I can see why it would seem like a clock, especially on the small screen!


  19. The building is lovely! I really like the front with the clock or ornamentation design above the door, and the art deco lights reflected in the doors.

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  20. Interesting. I thought at first this was Philadelphia.

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  21. April says:

    A very beautiful part of history. Thanks for sharing part of your city with us. 🙂

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  22. joannesisco says:

    A beautiful building and I really liked the change in lighting in the photos as the sun started to set.


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