Highland Falls Railroad Depot
Highland Falls Railroad Depot
West profile and south elevation, 2008
|Location||Highland Falls, NY|
|Area||1.2 acres (4,900 m2)|
|Architect||West Shore Railroad|
|Architectural style||Shingle Style|
|Governing body||Private residence|
|MPS||Hudson Highlands MRA (see Hudson Highlands MRA)|
|NRHP Reference #||82001218|
|Added to NRHP||November 23, 1982|
The Highland Falls Railroad Depot in Highland Falls, New York, is a former West Shore Railroad train station built in the 1880s. It was later used by the New York Central Railroad. Since the mid-20th century it has been used as a residence; the tracks are still used as a freight line.
It is, along with the Milton station to the north in Ulster County, one of the few remaining original West Shore Railroad passenger stations. Its Shingle Style architecture is the most sophisticated example of that mode in the village. In 1982 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The station building is located west of the tracks, currently used by CSX's Hudson River Subdivision, at the foot of Station Hill Road where it descends from downtown Highland Falls to the river. It is on a 1.2-acre (4,900 m2) sliver-shaped lot with no other development nearby and high stony bluffs to the west. To the east are the docks of a marina run from the property.
The building itself is a two-story frame building sided in two types of shingles on the second story and clapboard below, with wooden courses dividing the different sidings and then running at water table level on the first story. The pyramidal roof is pierced by a central brick chimney and three gabled dormer windows. Their ridges, as well as the roof, have decorative crockets.
The railroad was built through the area in 1882, and the station first appears in maps not long afterwards, in 1891. Many of the workers who had built the railroad and the station settled in nearby neighborhoods, swelling the population of what had primarily been a summer resort community and the nearest town to the United States Military Academy. The station's highly decorative use of the Shingle Style is the best example of it in the village.
The village attempted to negotiate with the current owners to purchase property and preserve the only public access to the river within its limits. After those broke down in early 2006, the village received a $350,000 state grant. The owners say they will not sell to the village, who they argued had bungled the deal.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Barry, Elise (March 29, 2982). "National Register of Historic Places nomination, Highland Falls Railroad Depot". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved July 23, 2010. Check date values in:
- Bruno, Greg (September 8, 2006). "Grant won't salvage village marina deal". Times-Herald Record (Middletown, NY: News Corporation). Retrieved July 23, 2010.
|Preceding station||New York Central Railroad||Following station|
|West Shore Route||