O & W Railroad Station at Port Ben

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O & W Railroad Station at Port Ben
A small gold building with brown stripes and a pointed roof with a chimney on back. There is some graffiti spray-painted on it.
North elevation and west profile, 2008
O & W Railroad Station at Port Ben is located in New York
O & W Railroad Station at Port Ben
Location Wawarsing, NY
Coordinates 41°44′57″N 74°20′56″W / 41.74917°N 74.34889°W / 41.74917; -74.34889Coordinates: 41°44′57″N 74°20′56″W / 41.74917°N 74.34889°W / 41.74917; -74.34889
Area 13.5 acres (5.5 ha)[2]
Built 1912
Architectural style Tudor Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 01001448[1]
Added to NRHP January 11, 2002

The abandoned O & W Railroad Station at Port Ben is located on Tow Path Road in the Town of Wawarsing, New York, United States. It is a Tudor Revival style building erected in the early 20th century by the New York, Ontario and Western Railway (O&W) .

Trains last operated in 1957 when the O&W was abandoned; the station ceased being used at that time. Despite its age and neglect, the Port Ben station remains intact and is well preserved. In 2000, the station and abandoned right-of-way were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

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The station is in the small community of Port Ben, located a short distance east of the US 209 highway north of Napanoch on the east bank of Rondout Creek at the foot of the Shawangunk Ridge. It is on the northeast edge of Port Ben, a small community of small frame houses and modular and mobile homes. To the immediate east of the station is the empty bed of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, a National Historic Landmark.

Towpath Road on the west of the station, which served that purpose during the canal's years of operation in the 19th century, was later used by the O&W. The 4,700 feet (1.4 km) of right-of-way remaining next to the station is still visible, and is included in the Register listing as a contributing resource, bringing the total area of the listing to 13.5 acres (5.5 ha).[2]

The building itself is a single story, two-by-six-bay, wood frame building on a brick foundation with a low pitched gable roof shingled in slate. It is pierced by a brick chimney at the north end. Brackets support its wide overhanging eaves.[2]

It is faced in half-timbered beige stucco on a metal lath. Some of the exterior has been defaced with spraypainted graffiti. Fenestration is irregular, determined by the building's use as a rail station. On the south side is an off-center projecting trainmaster's window and separate passenger and freight doors. The north has square windows in pairs and singled and a freight entrance near the west end. That end has two square windows, one currently boarded up, matched by a passenger entrance and window at the east.[2]

Inside the space is divided into a passenger waiting area, ticket office and freight office. Many of the original finishings remain, including the lath and plaster walls, the varnished wainscoting and door and window surrounds. The electrical switches are still in place, and some coal remains in the bin.[2]

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