A Union Station Setting

Toronto Union Station ~ 2012

22 Doric limestone columns line the impressive Front Street face of Toronto’s Union Station.

I’m working on the opening of “The Girl In the Blue Flame Cafe,” which is set in Toronto’s landmark Union Station.

Since I no longer live in Toronto, when I started writing I had to rely on my memory of the station’s internal geography.  That was when I realized just how spotty memory can be.  For instance, I don’t remember the parts I didn’t actually look at.   I wish I had taken photographs there through the years.

Since then I’ve taken a couple of photographic expeditions to the station, which was just beginning the massive renovation it is currently undergoing.  I think some of the station will be unrecognizable when they are done, but fortunately that won’t include the old part of the station where the action in my story takes place.  Thankfully that part is only being restored.

I have decided to keep the story set in the Union Station I knew, rather than making an attempt to get my mind around the new version. The problem with this is that the renovations dominate the Internet, and so far I have yet to find any floor plans of the original version of the building.

Every time I do online research, I invariably discover more interesting bits of information about Union Station.

Doric Columns

The columns were shaped on an enormous lathe, the largest in North America, built in Sarnia
expressly for this ambitious project in 1917. Each forty foot column weighs 75 tons.

The moat?

It would be a lot easier to write a scene set at Union Station if I was certain what the different parts were called.
For instance, I’m still not entirely sure if this is what they call the moat.

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