Item No: pdcr00004
Title: Broad Street Station #4
Additional Title: View of Pennsylvania Railroad Broad Street Station
Historic Street Address:
Broad & Market Streets, Northwest corner
Print and Picture Collection
View of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Broad Street Station at the Northwest corner of Broad and Market Streets. View focuses on the office building portion of the station that served as the headquarters for the Pennsylvania Railroad company. A sailor and several other pedestrians can be seen in the foreground. Photograph taken shortly before the station's demolition in 1953.
"The Broad Street Station of was officially opened on December 5, 1881. The brick station was of Gothic design with a rather ornate Victorian appearance. Behind the station were four train sheds to protect passengers from the elements. The station was an immediate success, boasting 160 daily trains. The volume of passenger traffic steadily increased, so that by 1886, the number of passengers using the station averaged a million per month. As a consequence, in 1892, a mere eleven years after its opening, plans were submitted for the enlargement of the station. An office building that would serve as the Pennsylvania Railroad’s headquarters was designed by noted architect Frank Furness and added to the existing station." 
The Station closed in April of 1952 and demolition was completed in 1953.
William Rapp Collection. Donated by Frank and Ditta Hoeber. 2011.
 Hoess, Ron. (2008, December 11) Broad Street Station. PhillyHistory Blog. Retrieved from: http://www.phillyhistory.org/blog/index.php/2008/12/broad-street-station/
Rapp, William Henry, Jr. - Photographer
Furness, Frank, 1839-1912 - Architect