World's Most Beautiful Subway Stations
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Washington, D.C.: Metro Center Station
The Washington Metro is a rarity among America’s largely utilitarian subways, according to
Zachary M. Schrag, a history professor at George Mason University (on the orange line).
“Kennedy was president at the time of its planning,” says Schrag, “and he was
adamant that federal architecture represent the dignity of the government, not the cheapest
solution possible.” The result, designed by architects Harry Weese & Associates after
Weese took a tour of the great subways of the world, was a series of vaulted cathedral ceilings
with coffered blocks. The elegant up-lighting and hushed mood give it an ecclesiastical air. And
just like a church, there’s no food allowed.
Don’t Miss: When a train approaches, lights on the platform throb
dramatically to announce its imminent arrival. Beam me up, Scotty.