Broad Street Station #8

Item Info

Item No: pdcr00008
Title: Broad Street Station #8
Additional Title: View of Pennsylvania Railroad Broad Street Station
Historic Street Address: Broad & Market Streets, Northwest corner
Media Type: Photographic Negatives
Source: Print and Picture Collection

View of the south side of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Broad Street Station at the Northwest corner of Broad and Market Streets. City Hall can be seen in the background-right. 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." [1]

The station closed in April of 1952 and demolition was completed in 1953.

William Rapp Collection. Donated by Frank and Ditta Hoeber. 2011.

[1] Hoess, Ron. (2008, December 11) Broad Street Station. PhillyHistory Blog. Retrieved from:

Creation Year: ca. 1953
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.167998
Geocode Latitude:39.953147

Creator Name: Rapp, William Henry, Jr. - Photographer