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1925–1927, Alfred Fellheimer and Stewart Wagner. W. 14th St. between Peach and Sassafras sts.
  • Union Station (Lu Donnelly)

This handsome brick railroad station's central three-story block is ornamented with zigzag and arched corbeling, notched window openings, and terra-cotta medallions. At the time of its construction, forty-four trains passed through Erie daily for the New York Central and the PRR. The second-story train sheds stretch out from the central portion to meet the raised tracks south of the station. The station's interior features Botticino marble and terrazzo detailing in a central rotunda, and groined vaults in the central hallway. The station has been refurbished to house the Erie Rail Museum, restaurants, and shops. The station and the nearby post office form two walls of a public parking plaza to the north named for Matthew Griswold Jr., heir to a cast-iron kitchenware fortune and the first general manager of the General Electric locomotive works, who lobbied for its construction. The New York City architects also designed the Union Terminal in Cincinnati (1931–1933).

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Union Station", [Erie, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 491-492.

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