Raymond Loewy created a remarkable 1948-49 renovation of the Norfolk & Western passenger station in Roanoke, Virginia, the line's corporate headquarters. The glass facade offered a view of the railroad-owned Hotel Roanoke, opened in 1882 and designed in English Tudor style, since 1989 a convention center. Historic models of steam trains decorate the wall above a comfortably seated woman, sitting on a Loewy-designed bench. Light and shadow are balanced handsomely. The station now houses a museum devoted to the railroad photograph of O. Winston Link.
Both the station and the hotel are landmarks of architecture and railroad history. The photograph appeared in "Trains" magazine, June 1956. Originally the station had a heavy brick facade, which Raymond Loewy replaced with a very up-to-date glass and metal front, new terrazo floors and furnishings.
Although this picture appears to have been taken for publicity purposes, because it is so perfect, it was in fact taken by Philip R. Hastings, a psychiatrist who was an avid amateur railroad photographer. One wonders if he posed the passenger, and how long he waited for the light to be just right.