Source: Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Depot’s Draping Cost Thousands”
City of publication: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date of publication: 19 September 1901
Volume number: 116
Issue number: 46
|“Depot’s Draping Cost Thousands.” Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette 19 Sept. 1901 v116n46: p. 12.|
|William McKinley (death: public response: Pittsburgh, PA); William McKinley (mourning: flowers, tokens of grief, etc.).|
Depot’s Draping Cost Thousands
NOTABLE MOURNING DECORATIONS OF UNION STATION.
Big Building Was Clothed in Sable Out of Respect to the Dead
President—Crowds Admired the Artistic Effect, but Few Realized
That It Cost the Railroal [sic] Company a Small Fortune to Produce It.
The mourning drapery of Union station
attracted attention and won praise yesterday from thousands who waited in that
neighborhood for the arrival of the funeral train.
Crepe has been hung on the station since Saturday, but in preparation for the passage of the train yesterday special care was given to this feature. Around the cornice of the handsome cab stand were wreathed folds of the sable, and the full length of the second story of the big new building was clothed in the same manner, while the long covered walk from the station approach to the temporary station was lined with the crepe, hanging in graceful folds.
The cost of this alone amounted to several thousand dollars. It was designed, as one official said, to make the marks of mourning worthy of the occasion and a fitting token from the railroad company.