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Philadelphia and Reading Station

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1900, Wilson Brothers. N. 8th St. and the railroad
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (Photograph by William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Wilson Brothers, the longtime competitors of the Hewitts in the Philadelphia region, chose a modern light-colored palette of Pompeian brick and limestone trim for this station. The delicately massed tower and slightly upturned roofs lighten the appearance of the building and connect it to the contemporary Arts and Crafts, though they termed it as being of the “Italian Style.” With its freight offices connected by a shelter that continues the lines of the main roof, it hints at the coming horizontality of the Prairie School.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Philadelphia and Reading Station", [Lebanon, 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, 337-337.

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