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50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002

Monday – Saturday 10-9
Sunday Noon-6

For more information please call 202.289.1908

*Holiday hours may vary, however, most tenants/stores
maintain normal hours for July 4th as well as Labor Day Holidays

Adams National Bank
(202) 772-3630
Lower Level - Food Court
Full service bank

(202) 371-1621
Mezzanine Level
Fashion forward shoes for women. Pure style. True Comfort. Real Value

Alamo Flags
(202) 842-3524
Street Level - Main Hall
US flags, ancestral, military (US), seasonal, territorial & historic flags of the United Nations and flag related accessories

Alamo - National Car Rental
(202) 842-7454
Street Level
Vehicle rentals.

America!'s Spirit
(202) 842-0540
Street Level - West Hall
USA historical memorabilia, souvenirs, presidential inauguration items, etc.

Amtrak Lost and Found
(202) 906-3109
Street Level
Lost and found services

Appalachian Spring
(202) 682-0505
Street Level - East Hall
An extensive collection of high quality and hand crafted American made products such as: jewelry, wooden bowls and boxes, blown glass, quilts, toys, wind chimes and frames.

Art of Shaving
Street Level
Sale of men's grooming and shaving products and accessories as well as two barber chairs

(202) 898-1989
Street Level - East Hall
Treasures of the world - distinctive, one-of-a-kind jewelry and objects d’art you simply won’t find anywhere else.

Auroa Bath & Jewels
(202) 328-9283
Lower Level - Food Court
Bath & body products and misc items

Avis Rental Car
(202) 682-2983
Street Level
Vehicle rentals

B. Dalton Bookseller
(202) 289-1750
Street Level
Books and magazines

Bon Voyage
(202) 898-1598
Street Level
Luggage, travel bags, umbrellas, handbags, briefcases, wallets and more.

Bouvier Collection
(202) 408-8364
Street Level - East Hall
Handmade, unique, contemporary jewelry featuring a wide range of colored stones

Budget Rent-A-Car
(202) 289-5373
Street Level
Vehicle rentals

Buy Obama08
(786) 344-3940
Lower Level - Food Court
Obama inaguration items

Candy Crate Company
(202) 898-9019
Lower Level - Food Court
Candy & sweets in a variety of brands and flavors.

Capital Art
(202) 289-9882
Street Level - West Hall
Original art and art reproductions such as oil paintings, watercolors, photography, prints, and textiles

Chevy Chase (ATM)
Telephone Not Available
Lower Level - Food Court

(202) 289-4547
Mezzanine Level
Women’s clothier featuring a full line of private label apparel, accessories and jewelry

Claire’s, Etc.
(202) 289-4522
Street Level
Various accessories, jewelry, handbags, scarves, earrings and more

Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair
(202) 898-9009
Lower Level - Food Court
Shoe & boot repair, luggage repair, sharpens knives & scissors, cuts keys and sells repair items

Comfort One Shoes
((202) 408-4947
Mezzanine Level
European shoes for men & women - premium quality, rigorous attention to detail and superb styling

Destination DC
(202) 789-2365
Mezzanine Level
Themed Washington, DC items including: T-Shirts, sweats, postcards, hats, key chains, coffee mugs and more

Echo Gallery Mezzanine Kiosk
(301) 459-7268
Lower Level - Food Court
Sale of multi-cultural art items, prints, small paintings, hand crafted jewelry, ethnic dolls, Afro centric stuffed animals, pottery, pillows, runners, placemats, glass items, etc.

Everything with Trains
Lower Level - Food Court
Train items

(202) 789-2231
Mezzanine Level
A modern women’s brand that delivers runway style

Eyebrow Threading Station
(443) 248-2112
Lower Level - Food Court
Eyebrow threading services and related merchandise

Fantom Comics
(202) 216-9478
West Hall
Fantom Comics offers a wide selection of comic books, graphic novels and manga to current comic book fans.

Fire & Ice
(202) 464-4433
Street Level
Specializes in unique jewelry including sterling gemstone, Native American, roman glass, amber and mammoth ivory.

(202) 289-1405
Street Level
Music, movies, games, CDs and DVDs - all the entertainment you love.

Godiva Chocolatier
(202) 289-3662
Street Level - Main Hall
Fine chocolates, chocolate covered fruit and related items

GUESS Accessories
(202) 789-8085
Street Level
Features Guess? jewelry, bags, watches and much more! Top of the line accessories for men and women.

Handbags Today-Cell Phone Accessories
(443) 248-2112
Mezzanine Level
Handbags and cell phone accessories

Head & Hats
(202) 905-6935
Street Level - East Hall
Sunglasses, hats, belt buckles, and watches

(202) 682-2030
Mezzanine Level
Unique fashion line, consisting of women’s clothing and accessories

Hudson News (Food Court)
(202) 289-0118
Lower Level - Food Court
Newspapers, magazines, books, snacks and convenience items

(202) 371-9441
Street Level
Station information

Johnston & Murphy
(202) 682-2556
Street Level
Fashionable offerings of quality men’s footwear, apparel, and accessories

Jos. A. Bank
(202) 289-9087
Mezzanine Level
Men’s business attire, formal wear, business casual (including jeans and casual wear), shoes and accessories

(202) 716-9200
Street Level - East Hall
Handbags, jewerly, home essentials, fashion apparel and more

Kashmir Imports
(202) 789-8880
Street Level - West Hall
Designs embroidered and weaved with 100% merino wool yarns creating beautiful shawls, jackets and scarves. They also offer papier-mâché boxes, ornaments, pillow covers and other decorative items, painted with traditional Persian designs.

(202) 289-9851
Street Level
Soaps, perfumes, bath & body products, shea butter products, skin care, hair care, men’s products, and home fragrances all made from natural ingredients.

(202) 589-0181
Street Level
Officially licensed and branded hats. Featuring an assortment of college, MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams, as well as other specialty categories all in the latest styles and colors

Life on Capitol Hill
Lower Level - Food Court
Life is Good clothing, gifts and items

Love is in the Air
Street Level
Sale of bath and body items and sunglasses

Lost City Art
(202) 589-1870
Street Level - East Hall
Indonesian statues, murals, jewelry, masks, mobiles, wind chimes, candle holders, sarongs, decorative boxes and more

(202) 589-0888
Mezzanine Level
Women’s activewear that can take you from workout to weekend in style

Making History
(202) 371-6688
Street Level - West Hall
United States & Washington, DC memorabilia.

Neuhaus Chocolatier
(202) 289-7326
Street Level
Large selection of Belgium chocolates, truffles and liquors.


Mezzanine Level
Sale of sterling jewelry, semi-precious stones and precious stones, beaded jewelry, enamel and inlaid settings

Open Top Sightseeing
Street Level - Main Hall
Open top bus (English Bus) tours of the City

Optical Images
(202) 289-4111
Mezzanine Level
One hour eye glass service and eye exams by appointment

202) 589-1644
Street Level
Bath & body skin care for the entire family, cosmetics and other gifts.

Out of Left Field
(202) 408-8031
Street Level - West Hall
Merchandise from local sport teams; The Washington Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, Capitals, DC United, Baltimore Orioles, Ravens and Georgetown Hoyas

Mezzanine Level
Sale of sterling jewelry, semi-precious stones and precious stones, beaded jewelry, enamel and inlaid settings.

(202) 551-0757
Street Level
Variety of unique greeting cards, fine stationery, invitations, announcements, gift wrap, accessories and gifts

Parfumerie Douglas
(202) 789-1360
Street Level
Cosmetics, beauty accessories, men’s & women’s fragrances, toiletries and related items

(202) 371-5649
Mezzanine Level
Quality menswear, womenswear, wool blankets and home accessories

President Cigars
(202) 289-2559
Street Level
Cigars, cigarettes and related paraphernalia

Real Tea
Street Level
Sale of assorted specialty teas

Realty Cafe
(301) 455-8450
Mezzanine Level
Retail sale of specialty gift items relating to tea, loose leaf tea and a Real Estate referral service

Rosetta Stone
(703) 929-4303
Mezzanine Level
Language learning software

(202) 216-9490
Street Level
Where the best shoe brands join forces - Nine West, Enzo Angiolini, Circa Joan & David, AK Anne Klein, Boutique 9, Bandolino and Joan & David. Stop by and browse our delicious, irresistible shoes and accessories

Swarovski Crystal
Street Level - Concourse
Crystal figurines, Crystal Decor, Jewelry and Gifts.

(202) 842-9000
Street Level
Different styles of watches for men, women and children.

Taxco Sterling Co.
(202) 682-1172
Mezzanine Level
The areas largest and most unique selection of sterling silver jewelry and accessories.

The Body Shop
(202) 898-7826
Street Level
Skin care, hair care and other items including perfumes, shampoos, oils, cosmetics and sun protection products that care for your body.

Tiburon Lockers
(202) 898-1592
Street Level - Gate A
Luggage storage

Traveler’s Aid
(202) 371-1937
Street Level
Assists travelers

(202) 371-9220
Street Level
Wide range of money services including foreign exchange, wire transfers, money orders and more

Tschiffely Pharmacy
(202) 408-5178
Lower Level - Food Court
Pharmacy, drug store and convenience items

Union Station Lost and Found
(202) 289-8355
Street Level
Lost and found services.

Union Station Parking Garage, LLC
(202) 898-1950
Parking Garage
Car parking is validated at all stores and restaurants $1 for first 2 hours and for AMC Theaters patrons $1 for first 3 hours.

Union Station Shoe Shine
Telephone Not Available
Street Level
Shoe shine services.

Union Wine and Liquor
(202) 789-0008
Street Level
Wine, beer, liquor, mixers and lottery tickets

U.S. Mint
(202) 289-0609
Street Level - East Hall
Commemorative coins

U.S. Postal Service
(202) 523-2058
Street Level
Full service post office (does not have money orders)

Verizon Wireless
(202) 682-9475
Street Level
Cell phones, accessories and wireless communications services

Victoria’s Secret
(202) 682-0686
Street Level
Featuring lingerie, pajamas and accessories for 21st Century Women

White House | Black Market
(202) 289-1639
Mezzanine Level
Specialty women’s clothing store featuring: accessories, jewelry and gifts exclusively in black & white, with accents of the latest trend colors

Wireless Experts
(202) 898-1770
Street Level - East Hall
Mobile devices and accessories, computer and laptop accessories, services for charging customer devices

World In Your Hands
Street Level
Handbags and Embroidery


Union Station is the grand ceremonial train station designed to be the entrance to Washington, D.C., when it opened in 1908.

It is one of the busiest and best-known places in Washington, D.C., visited by 32 million people each year. The terminal is served by Amtrak, MARC and VRE commuter railroads, and the Washington Metro transit system of buses and subway trains.

When the Pennsylvania Railroad and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad announced in 1901 that they planned to build a new terminal, people in the city celebrated for two reasons. The decision meant, first of all, that both the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad would soon remove their trackwork and terminals from the Mall. Though changes there appeared only gradually, the consolidation of the depots allowed the creation of the Mall as it appears today. Second, the plans to bring all the city’s railroads under one roof promised that Washington would finally have a station large enough to handle large crowds and impressive enough to reflect the Capital’s role.

Architect Daniel Burnham, assisted by Pierce Anderson, was inspired by a number of models: Classical elements included the Arch of Constantine (exterior, main facade) and the great vaulted spaces of the Baths of Diocletian (interior); prominent siting at the intersection of two of Pierre L'Enfant's avenues, with an orientation that faced the United States Capitol, just five blocks away; a massive scale, including a facade stretching more than 600' and a waiting room ceiling 96' above the floor; stone inscriptions and allegorical sculpture in the Beaux-Arts manner; expensive materials such as marble, gold leaf, and white granite from a previously unused quarry.

In the Attic block, above the main cornice of the central block, stand six colossal statues (modeled on the Dacian prisoners of the Arch of Constantine) designed by Louis St. Gaudens. These are entitled "The Progress of Railroading" and their iconography expresses the confident enthusiasm of the American Renaissance movement: Prometheus (for Fire), Thales (for Electricity), Themis (for Freedom and Justice), Apollo (for Imagination and Inspiration), Ceres (for Agriculture) and Archimedes (for Mechanics). The substitution of Agriculture for Commerce in a railroad station iconography vividly conveys the power of a specifically American lobbying bloc. St. Gaudens also created the thirty-six centurions for the station's main hall.

Burnham drew upon a tradition, launched with 1837's Euston Station in London, of treating the entrance to a major terminal as a triumphal arch. He linked the monumental end pavilions with long arcades enclosing loggias in a long series of bays that were vaulted with the lightweight fireproof Guastavino tiles favored by American Beaux-Arts architects. The final aspect owed much to the Court of Heroes at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, where Burnham had been coordinating architect. The setting of Union Station’s facade at the focus of converging avenues in a park-like green setting is one of the few executed achievements of the City Beautiful movement: elite city planning that was based on the “goosefoot” (patte d'oie) of formal garden plans made by Baroque designers such as André Le Notre. The radiating avenues can been seen in the satellite view (illustration, right).

Modernist architectural critics detested the Beaux-Arts style as imperial bombast, and Union Station has been no exception.

The station held a full range of dining rooms and other services, including barber shops and a mortuary. Union Station was equipped with a presidential suite (now occupied by a restaurant) that was prompted by the assassinations of Presidents James Garfield and William McKinley. Garfield had been shot at Washington’s Baltimore and Potomac Railroad station July 2, 1881, while he waited for a train.

Union Station opened on October 27, 1908, with the arrival of a B&O passenger train from Pittsburgh. The terminal quickly became the portal to the Capitol. At no time was it busier than during World War II, when as many as 200,000 people passed through in a single day.

On the morning of January 15, 1953, the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Federal Express crashed into the station. When the engineer tried to apply the trainline brakes two miles out of the platforms, he discovered that he only had engine brakes. He radioed ahead and the concourse was cleared as the train coasted downhill into track 16. The GG1 locomotive, No. 4876, hit the bumper post at about 25 miles per hour, jumped onto the platform, destroyed the stationmaster’s office at the end of the track, took out a newsstand, and was on its way to crashing through the wall into the Great Hall. Just then, the floor of the terminal, having never been designed to carry the weight of a locomotive, gave way, dropping the engine into the basement. The 447,000-pound electric locomotive fell into about the center of what is now the food court. Remarkably, no one was killed, and passengers in the rear cars thought that they had only had a rough stop. An investigation revealed that an anglecock on the brakeline had been closed. The accident inspired the finale of the 1976 film Silver Streak.

For most of its existence, Union Station served as a hub, with service of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Pennsylvania Railroad, and Southern Railway. The Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad provided a link to Richmond, Virginia, about 100 miles to the south, where major north-south lines of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Seaboard Air Line Railroad provided service to the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida.

As with many American railroad stations, the financial and physical condition of Union Station deteriorated after World War II as train travel declined and federal funding created a competitive interstate highway system. In 1958, the B&O and Pennsylvania Railroads considered giving away the station or perhaps razing it and constructing an office building on the site. In 1963, the feasibility of transforming the station into a cultural center was evaluated, but that proposal eventually became the Kennedy Center. Two years later, a Smithsonian Institution study suggested using Union Station as a railroad museum, but the organization's secretary felt other projects - including the National Air and Space Museum - took precedence.

In 1967, the chairman of the U.S. Civil Service Commission expressed interest in using Union Station as a visitor center during the upcoming Bicentennial celebrations. Funding for this was collected over the next six years, and the reconstruction of the station included outfitting the Main Hall with a recessed pit to display a slide show presentation. This was officially the PAVE - the Primary Audio-Visual Experience, but was sarcastically referred to as “the Pit”. The entire project was completed, save for the parking garage, and opening ceremonies were held on July 4, 1976. Due to a lack of publicity and convenient parking, the National Visitor Center was never popular. Following a 1977 General Accounting Office report indicating Union Station was in danger of imminent structural collapse, the National Park Service closed the presentation in “the Pit” on October 28, 1978.

As a result of the Redevelopment Act of 1981, Union Station was closed for restoration and refurbishing. Mold was growing in the ceiling of the Main Hall, and the carpet laid out for an Inauguration Day celebration was full of cigarette-burned holes. In 1988, then-Secretary of Transportation, Elizabeth Dole, awarded US$70 million to the restoration effort. “The Pit” was transformed into a new basement level, and the Main Hall floor was refitted with marble. While installing new ventilation systems, crews discovered antique items in shafts that had not been opened since the building’s creation. The decorative elements of the station were also restored.

The station reopened in its present form in 1988. The former “Pit” area was replaced with an AMC movie theater (now Phoenix Theatres, but slated to close as of September, 2008 [Still open as of April 2009] and be replaced with additional restaurants) and a large food court in the former baggage-mail level. The food court still retains the original arches under which the trains were parked as well as the track numbers on those arches. A variety of shops opened along the Concourse and Main Hall, and a new Amtrak terminal at the back behind the original Concourse. In 1994, the passenger concourse was renamed to honor W. Graham Claytor, Jr., who served as Amtrak's president from 1982 to 1993.

Today Union Station is again one of Washington’s busiest and best-known places, visited by 32 million people each year. The terminal is located at the southern end of the Northeast Corridor, an electrified rail line extending north through major cities including Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
Union Station's loggia

Passenger services include Amtrak’s high-speed Acela Express, Regional, the MARC and VRE commuter railways, linking Washington to Maryland and Virginia, respectively; and the Washington Metro Red Line. From Union Station Amtrak also operates long-distance service to the southeast and midwest, including many intermediate stops to destinations like Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Miami.

The track area of the station is divided into upper and lower levels. On the Upper Level are tracks 7-20 which are used by MARC (weekdays) and Amtrak Acela Express, as well as a few Amtrak Regional trains. The Lower Level consists of tracks 22-29 and is used by all southbound service, including all VRE trains, via a tunnel, as well as some northbound Amtrak services during the week. The D.C. Metrorail Red Line station is located underground at the western side of the building, and is the busiest station in the entire Metro system.

Union Station is owned by the non-profit Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, but an 84-year lease of the property is held by New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation and managed by Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle. It houses the headquarters of Amtrak and carries the IATA airport code of ZWU.

Washington’s Union Station has featured as a location in numerous movies, not all as memorable as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Others include Strangers on a Train (film), Hannibal, The Recruit, Along Came a Spider, Collateral Damage, The Sentinel, My Fellow Americans, and Wedding Crashers. In order to be featured in the Tom Cruise film Minority Report, parts of the station had to be configured to look like a futuristic model consistent with the film’s 2054 setting.

Several episodes of the television series The West Wing have used Union Station as a setting.

The station has also been the subject of multiple books. The 128-page Union Station: A Decorative History of Washington’s Grand Terminal by Carol Highsmith and Ted Landphair tells the complete history of the station through text and photographs. Presidential daughter Margaret Truman’s Capital Crimes mystery series includes a Murder at Union Station novel.

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