In 1916, the Pennsylvania Railroad began a series of improvements at Johnstown, including elevating the right-of-way by several feet. This had to be accomplished without interruption to the more than two hundred trains that ran daily through the city. The construction also included this reddish brick passenger station designed by the Beaux-Arts-trained, New York City architect Kenneth M. Murchison (1872–1938). A flat-roofed one-story section surrounds the raised portion on all sides and provides a recessed entrance fronted with Tuscan columns and pilasters. The facade columns are echoed on the side elevations as engaged columns on the east elevation and pilaster strips on the west. Arched windows on all four elevations flood the two-story waiting room with light.
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Walnut Street Station, Pennsylvania Railroad
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