Rail - King Street Station Renovation - Project Photos

renovated passenger waiting area April 2013

In April 2013, WSDOT and the city of Seattle transformed the busy and historic King Street Station to meet current and future needs of expanding passenger rail service. Above is the renovated passenger waiting area, while below is the King Street Station waiting area in its original condition.

Photo of waiting in its original condition

This historical photograph shows the King Street Station waiting area in its original condition. In the 1960's windows were boarded up, decorative plaster walls were covered up and false ceilings were installed.

This photograph is of the recently restored Compass Room entryway.  It has been restored to its original stature from 1906.
Restoration work in the main hall is in high gear now that passengers have been moved to a temporary waiting area
Restoration of the main hall is in high gear since Amtrak passengers were moved to a temporary waiting area in late May.

Newly installed steel reinforcement that will help King Street Station better withstand earthquakes
Huge steel beams were installed throughout King Street Station to make the building and its clock tower better withstand earthquakes.

New exterior lighting to King Street Station's exterior matches the original lighting back in 1906.
The new lamp posts are the same style as those installed back in 1906 when the station opened.

This photo is of the original neon sign located in front of the station tower.

How can I get more information?

WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407
E-mail: rail@wsdot.wa.gov

Information about hours, parking, and services is available at the King Street Station Web page on the Amtrak Cascades Web site.