SEATTLE - When stepping into the Amtrak waiting room at Seattle's King Street Station, your eyes are drawn to a bland, dirty, suspended ceiling. But holes are cut into that ceiling, allowing you to view the original ornate cast plaster ceiling above - a ceiling still largely hidden since 1967.
One is left with one thought: "What were they thinking?"
Thursday, I took a tour behind the scenes with Trevina Wang, who heads the City of Seattle's King Street Station restoration.
In 2008, Burlington Northern Santa Fe legally conveyed the station to the city for $10. Work to stabilize the structure got quickly under way to replace the leaking roof and begin restoration of the historic clock tower.
$26 million was set aside, but about $4 million has been spent. And that four-sided clock tower will begin telling time again in June."Our goal is to be able to encourage more people to use this transportation hub," said Wang.