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Columbia Station

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c. 1860. 4 Bridge St.

The immense size and architectural character of this brownstone station with Norman corbels in wood and large round-headed windows attest to the importance of this stop on the Philadelphia and Reading lines. At the center of the long facades are towers that mark the main entrances from the track and carriage sides which are in turn sheltered by continuous shed porches carried not by columns but by cast-iron brackets whose curvilinear forms suggest naturalistic sources.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Columbia Station", [Phoenixville, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 253-253.

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