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The Today File

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April 24, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Historic Seattle rail station waiting room reopens

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The newly restored King Street Station’s main waiting room is pictured above, part of a nearly decade-long restoration of the 105-year-old Seattle landmark where a grand reopening event was held today. Half a million passengers a year visit the station, where five daily round-trip Amtrak trains go to Portland or beyond. The $55 million restoration began after a period of late 20th-century neglect as passenger rail dropped off. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

The Associated Press

The historic waiting room at Seattle’s King Street rail station has been restored to look exactly as it did when it opened in 1906 with its ornamental plaster ceiling, Corinthian columns, mosaic floor tiles and a massive bronze chandelier.

It was reopened for Amtrak passengers in a ceremony with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and transportation and preservation officials.

The renovation was the last phase of a $55 million project that began after the city purchased the landmark downtown building in 2008 from Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Other upgrades included a new roof and structural reinforcement to help the building and its clock tower withstand an earthquake.

The city Transportation Department says the work was funded by city, state and federal funds including the Bridging the Gap levy.

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