Lancaster County PA Realty Check: Historic Lancaster Train Station to be Restored

Historic Lancaster Train Station to be Restored

Lancaster's Amtrak Train Station is an architectural gem.  Built in 1929, it is a familiar and dignified landmark in the city of Lancaster, PA.

Lancaster PA Train Station

Its Art Deco marble interior is reminiscent, on a small scale, of Grand Central Station in New York City.  Lancaster is the third busiest train station in Pennsylvania, after Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

Lancaster PA Train Station

The main lobby features a soaring ceiling with art deco lighting fixtures and a magnificent glass paned ceiling insert.

Lancaster PA Train Station

Over the past decade, restoration has been ongoing, including painting and improvements to the heating system. 

Lancaster, PA Train Station

The building will now be air conditioned.  Shops and restaurants will be built, and the parking lot enlarged.

Lancaster PA Train Station                             

        Ridership at the Amtrak Station is up 17% just since May due to the increased cost of driving!

Lancaster PA Train Station

            The current $12 Million renovation is scheduled to be completed by June of 2010.

Lancaster PA Train Station

 

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Comment balloon 10 commentsBrian Schulman • June 13 2008 05:56PM

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Brian,
Beautiful photos.
I've never seen such a palatial train station! I love the architectural features of the interior. I'm glad to see more people taking the train now that gas prices are so high...

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 10 years ago

Jo,

As a former New Yorker, I was familiar with commuter trains and Grand Central Station, the grandest railroad station in the United States.  Lancaster's train station is very reminiscent of Grand Central's marble style, although on a considerably smaller scale.

The station is part of one of the largest historic districts in PA.  Lancaster was the capitol of Pennsylvania between 1799 and 1812, and was actually the capitol of the whole nation for one day in 1812! The government in Washington DC was forced to escape from the British invasion, and stayed in Lancaster on their way to New York.

Brian

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Brian, What lovely pictures of this historic station, I am glad to hear they're going to restore it.  Our train station is also very old but small--I always worry they will knock it down instread of restoring it as well.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Carole, I hope enough people in your area try to preserve your train station.  If it's small, maybe restoring it could be done without exorbitant expense.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Brian - That is a building well worth renovating and the economic return should be good.  With high gas price the train station will be very busy place.  Nice shots.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

Thanks, Jennifer.  If you look at the second photo, you can see where repairs in the upper walls and ceiling are still needed, but quite a lot of work has been done already.  It's really quite a nice station for a city of our size.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Brian,  What a beautiful building I doubt if there any stations that would be as nice.  They don't make them like they use to.

Posted by Don Eichler (Eichler Properties) over 10 years ago

Don, they sure don't make them like they used to!  I'm glad the city is interested in preserving and restoring this fine station.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

I'm working on an animation and am going to use the train station as reference for a main part of it.  These pictures definintely are helping me with points of views that I didn't get when I was there.  Even though I drive past the thing everyday.  I do hate that new contraption they added for parking...looks horrible with the old style building.

 

Posted by daniel almost 7 years ago

Daniel, I can't understand what they were thinking either when they added that addition - totally out of character with the rest of the building.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 7 years ago

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