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George V. Massey Station (Pennsylvania Station)
Railroad stations once served as triumphal portals to American towns and cities, as this temple-form building recalls. Its Doric portico of wood is heroically massive, as are its wide eaves with mutules. It is reminiscent of Thomas Jefferson's Pavilions at the University of Virginia. The brick building's facade is composed of a series of pilasters and relieving arches under a hipped roof. Massey, a lawyer for the Pennsylvania Railroad, convinced the company to replace the original Italianate station built by the Delaware Railroad (1853–1860), the coming of which had invigorated the southern part of the state. Adaptive reuse (1998–2002, Bernardon Haber Holloway) has converted the interior to office space. Nearby rises the new Social Security Administration Office (2003–2004, C. Terry Jackson II), which similarly attempts to revive the western edge of downtown.
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