February 21, 2011
It’s been a little over two months since we moved The Chamber’s offices into historic Union Station. The boxes and moving bins are long gone, and staff has mostly settled in. Our new Board Room continues to get a “wow” from those who visit, and we’re still giving the occasional tour to those coming to our new offices for the first time.
Sprint is graciously loaning us artwork from its corporate collection, and we’re thinking about names for our new conference rooms. The Crossroads Conference Room for the one that’s on the Crossroads side of the office. The Liberty Memorial Conference Room for the one facing south toward the memorial.
(The Chamber hosts more than 300 events and meetings a year and those conference rooms are already coming in handy! Having a name rather than the letters we’ve been using – A,B,C, etc. – will be helpful. No more, “Which one is that again?”)
I don’t know about the rest of the staff, but I’m still taking in the experience of being in Union Station. There’s a solidity that comes, I think, from the thick walls, the enormity of scale, and the history of the building.
Jarvis Hunt’s design is a wonderful example of Beaux Arts architecture, with marble, terra cotta, the frescoes on the ceiling and those 2500 pound chandeliers.
We’ve recently posted some information about Union Station and its history under the “About” page on our website if you’re interested in learning more. The page includes some cool links – my favorite goes to the FBI’s lengthy description of the Union Station Massacre.