Pennsylvania Railroad Station (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

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Pennsylvania Railroad Station
Penn Station Ft W IN 2.jpg
Pennsylvania Railroad Station (Fort Wayne, Indiana) is located in Indiana
Pennsylvania Railroad Station (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
Location 221 West Baker Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Coordinates 41°4′20″N 85°8′26″W / 41.07222°N 85.14056°W / 41.07222; -85.14056Coordinates: 41°4′20″N 85°8′26″W / 41.07222°N 85.14056°W / 41.07222; -85.14056
Built 1914
Architect George B. Swift & Co., William L. Price
Architectural style American Craftsman
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 98001056[1]
Added to NRHP 1998

Pennsylvania Railroad Station, also referred to as Baker Street Station, is a former passenger rail station in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. The American Craftsman-style station opened to the public March 23, 1914 at a cost of $550,000.[2]

History[edit]

The station saw its most heavy usage during World War II, when about 3,000 visitors passed through the station daily.[2] The station was also frequented by politicians on whistle stop train tours, including U.S. Presidents Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower.[2]

In the second half of the 20th century, the station served as a stop on Amtrak's Broadway Limited (Chicago—Pittsburgh—New York) line until November 1990 when Amtrak was forced to reroute about 25 miles north of Fort Wayne.[3]

Today, Baker Street Station's concourse is used as a banquet hall and community events space,[4] while the east and west wings have been converted into office space.[2] Over the last decade, residents and local leaders have begun a movement to bring passenger rail service back to the city and station in the form of Amtrak or other high-speed rail service.[5]

Although the station has been without passenger rail service for over 20 years, it has remained a landmark to the city, designated a Fort Wayne Local Historic District in 1990,[6] and later, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Indiana, Allen County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d "History". Baker Street Train Station. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  3. ^ Sanders (2006), 24–25.
  4. ^ "Banquet Facility". Baker Street Train Station. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  5. ^ Caylor, Bob (2009-04-04). "Rally for Fort Wayne train service draws hundreds". The News-Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Fort Wayne Local Historic Districts". Architecture and Community Heritage (ARCH). Retrieved 2013-06-18. 

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Passengers board Amtrak's Broadway Limited at the station in 1974.
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toward Chicago
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