Age of Anxiety
Kieran has wild hair and an unkempt beard when caught unprepared, a result of a three-month bender as the work on the second Union Station began. If given the opportunity to clean himself up, he sports a stylish goatee and slightly less ragged hair. He dresses rather casually, but never above his station as a successful tradesman. The young Irishman has a gleam in his eye when he laughs, almost as if there was a hunger in him that never quite subsides.
“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.”
Born 1848 to a poor Irish family that worked the cattleyards of Chicago and who managed to work a billion different jobs while clawing his way into an apprenticeship under William Le Baron Jenney. He suffered from various ailments as a child that made him physically weak, but left him with a sturdy constitution that enabled him to burn the candle at both ends. His apprenticeship was marred by constant conflict with fellow would-be architect Daniel Burnham. Never quite as talented as Burnham, and forced to rely on his vision and charm rather than his skill at his craft, Kieran never made it in Chicago like the other students of the Chicago style. Despairing of ever truly being successful, he took work with the Union Depot Company in 1968 to work on designing and building a proper railroad station in Columbus, OH.
Upon completion of the second Union Station, Kieran vacated his position of chief architect for the Union Depot Company and created his own architecture firm in Columbus, OH.