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LTV Structural Steel Offices (Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Station)
The first station of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE) at Woodlawn (Aliquippa) was little more than a shed, but with the dramatic growth of the town in the early twentieth century, a grander building was needed. Joseph Neal, originally from Maine and educated in Boston, apprenticed with Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, and practiced in Pittsburgh between 1893 and 1917. He is linked with P&LE engineer John Abiel Atwood and credited with several stations for the railroad (see BE29). This station, the largest and best preserved of Beaver County's train stations, has a cruciform plan with its long edge parallel to the railroad tracks. With broad overhanging eaves to protect waiting passengers from the elements and the warm brown tones of its brick and stone walls, the building shares some stylistic motifs with other P&LE stations. The station's eclectic mix of medieval-inspired details include Dutch gables with ball finials, flat stone window moldings, oversized wooden brackets, and a castellated bay. The tiled roof and elaborately corbeled chimney are atypical of local rail stations. The building now houses the offices of LTV Structural Steel.
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