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Coal and Coke Railroad Depot

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1914–1915. West side of Elk St. between 4th and 5th sts.

Replacing two predecessors, the first of which was a boxcar, the two-story Gassaway Depot is a sturdy masonry structure with a pronounced taste of Richardsonian Romanesque flavor. The first story is constructed of locally quarried sandstone, rough-faced and laid in regular courses, while brick is used above. Each long facade has a projecting, gabled central pavilion. The trackside pavilion has a recessed panel over the entrance with painted letters: “To Elkins 82 8/10 mi. Gassaway To Chas. 91 7/10 mi.” Above, bright red tiles cover the hipped and gabled roof. After its use as a depot ceased, the building became, for a while, a maintenance shop. It is currently vacant.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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