Suburban Station - Philadelphia, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 57.251 W 075° 10.000
18S E 485763 N 4422685
Quick Description: The NRHP lists this as an art deco building as well as other websites. It is huge, with a fixed clock above the entrance facing the south and contains many of the art deco mainstays. Outside the colors are strong and eye-popping!
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 8/11/2010 9:01:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM9F2K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 9

Long Description:

The building was constructed in 1929 and opened in 1930. It was built by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, Stewart,Joseph, & Co. This office building built above Suburban Station serves commuter rail and Amtrak. The underground station extends from 15th to 18th Street. This train station replaced the Broad Street Station, whose train shed burned in 1923.

The recently renovated 21-story building above is also the core of the Penn Center office complex, and is known as One Penn Center at Suburban Station. When the station opened, it was a stub-end terminal for Pennsylvania Railroad trains serving Center City Philadelphia, replacing the above-ground Broad Street Station in this function. The station's full name was originally Broad Street Suburban Station. One Penn Center served as the headquarters of the PRR from 1930 to 1957. The underneath extends several blocks beneath center city. There are all kinds of eateries and other places to get coffee, or whatever.

The outside is very unique, especially on the ground floor. Everything is pink, black, and gold and metallic. There is a beautiful, fixed town clock 40 feet off of the ground, dead center over the center door. It is between the name of the building, with the words Pennsylvania Railroad on top and Suburban Station underneath. There are two very ornate date markers instead of the traditional cornerstone or date stone. It fits in nicely with the metallic exterior.

Style: Art Deco

Structure Type: Commercial/Retail

Architect: Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, Stewart,Joseph, & Co.

Date Built: 1929

Supporting references: Not listed

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