Denver Union Station Final Update, Part 3

After Dark

This is it. The last ‘final update’ of the incredible Denver Union Station project. Today, we will be looking at each element of this project at night. Denver Union Station is great to see during the daytime, but it’s even better when the sun is down and the lights are on! So whether you are…

A kid (or adult) playing in the fountains at Wynkoop Plaza…

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An observer watching the fountains from above…

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A passenger catching the California Zephyr headed for Chicago…

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Or a passenger getting off the California Zephyr in Denver …

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And are having your first drink at the Terminal Bar….


Or a late night commuter taking the light rail home, or to work…

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Or a pedestrian, talking a night stroll through the city…

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This is what you see. Brilliant lights, illuminating a grand project. As I’ve said many times in the past: Union Station, you look absolutely incredible. I and many others are very happy with the outcome and are looking forward to the many great decades ahead!

By | 2016-12-11T22:37:21+00:00 August 3, 2014|Categories: Historic Preservation, Infrastructure, Public Spaces, Transit, Union Station|Tags: |10 Comments


  1. TakeFive August 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

    After dark – Love em.

  2. Jim Nash August 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Great photos, Ryan. At night, Union Station still looks pretty empty — and will, until the heavy rail lines are running. Your daytime shots, with crowds of people milling around, make the whole scene come alive. The kind of city sidewalk scene we’re all waiting to see, even late at night.

    • Ryan Dravitz August 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you Jim! For a Sunday night, it was surprisingly crowded around Wynkoop Plaza. Because these photos were long exposures, if anyone moved, which a lot of the pedestrians were doing, they wouldn’t show up in the photo. There were, on average, 10+ children playing in the fountains when I was taking these, you just can’t see them!

  3. Kristopher Takacs August 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm


    Congratulations to you on completing the beautifully composed blog on the rebirth of DUS. It was fun to follow your thorough and excellent ‘living history’ documenting how this great place took shape, bit by bit. A treasure in and of itself. Thank you!

    All the best,
    Kristopher Takacs

    • Ryan Dravitz August 4, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you Kristopher! I’m glad you enjoyed the posts! SOM has done such a spectacular job!. You and your team should be very proud!

  4. Mark B. August 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    William Henry Jackson.
    Louis Charles McClure.
    Harry Mellon Rhoads.
    Morey Engle.
    Roger Whitacre.
    And now, Ryan Dravitz.
    This the list of some of the great photographers of urban Denver over the past thirteen or so decades, the crucial documenters of our built environment. A hundred years from now, historians will be relying on these photos–you should print out high quality hard copies and donate them to the Denver Public Library. They’re brilliant!

    • Ryan Nee August 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Agreed! Whenever I see a nice photo of the city I just assume that Ryan took it.

      • Ryan Dravitz August 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

        You guys are all too kind! Thank you! 🙂 I plan on getting a lot of these photos organized to give to DPL at one point in the future.

  5. Doug August 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Great pictures! One question, is there a schedule the fountains are running on? I’ve been by DUS three times and while I’ve seen the fountain running, I’ve also seen long stretches when it doesn’t do a thing. Is this a plan to save water… running it for 20 minutes out of the hour or something?

    • Dan August 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Good question, I was wondering the same thing. Both times I’ve been there the fountains weren’t running, then I went inside for 15-20 minutes and came out and the pavers were wet so they must have run.

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