Designed in the Beaux-Arts style by architect Jarvis Hunt,a proponent of the City Beautiful Movement, Kansas City’s Union Station opened on Oct. 30, 1914 as the second largest train station in the US, with an area of over 850,000 square feet. Over time the station was used less and less and essentially was closed by the mid 1980′s. Renovation began in 1997 and completed in 1999 and now houses the Kansas City Museum, Science City and numerous other attractions.
St. Louis Antique Lighting Co. restored the monumental chandeliers and wall brackets in the Grand Hall, a voluminous room with ceilings 95 feet high. Each chandelier is 12 feet in diameter, 40 feet in length and weighs 3500 pounds, with five circuits to accommodate 11,400 watts and using over one half mile of new wiring. A powerful uplight system is hidden in the outer ring of the fixture to provide even illumination of the ornate ceiling above the fixtures. The matching wall brackets are 8 feet tall and weigh 800 lbs each. Made of iron, steel, brass, bronze and copper, the finishes were restored to their original 1914 colors. Each chandelier required one 40 foot trailer to ship all of the sub-assemblies.
Historical Lighting Consultant: Gary H. Behm, I.E.S.
Architect: Oehrlein and Associates