Coraopolis station

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Coraopolis Railroad Station
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Station in 2015
Coraopolis station is located in Pennsylvania
Coraopolis station
Coraopolis station is located in the United States
Coraopolis station
LocationNeville Ave. and Mill St., Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°31′8″N 80°9′50″W / 40.51889°N 80.16389°W / 40.51889; -80.16389Coordinates: 40°31′8″N 80°9′50″W / 40.51889°N 80.16389°W / 40.51889; -80.16389
Area0.4 acres (0.16 ha)
ArchitectShepley, Rutan and Coolidge
Architectural styleRomanesque, Richardsonian Romanesque
NRHP reference #79002156[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 20, 1979
Designated PHLFDecember 10, 2012[2]

Coraopolis station is a disused train station in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. The train station was built in 1896 [3] by the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, and designed by architects Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge in Richardsonian Romanesque style.


According to the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, the "use of this particular style in the Pittsburgh area, especially work by Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge, represents an important aspect of the architectural history of the Pittsburgh area."[4]

Coraopolis station shortly after its construction

The building and its sister stations in Glassport and New Castle were constructed in the late 1890s as part of an expansion of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad's commuter line into the suburbs of Pittsburgh.[4]

The building was nominated for the National Register of Historic Places by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in 1978.[4] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 20, 1979.[1] Its addition to the list as the Coraopolis Railroad Station was announced by the executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.[5] At the time, the building was still owned by the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad and was occupied by an auto equipment dealer.[5]

In 1999, the Coraopolis Economic Revitalization Corporation, Inc. (CERC) proposed using the railroad station as the basis for a future development, including a museum and a "Coraopolis Station Square".[6] The station was added to the List of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks on December 10, 2012.[2]

Plans have been made to convert the historic station to a trailside cafe seating 75 and a history museum. In 2014, it was estimated that $1.2 million would be needed for that purpose.[7] In 2015, the Coraopolis Community Development Foundation[8] raised $5000 for structure stabilization,[9] work which officially began October 24, 2015.[10] The foundation has submitted an application for a $250,000 Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant through the Allegheny County Economic Development office to move the project forward. The station sits adjacent to the future Ohio River Greenway Trail [11] which will connect it to the Montour Trail Extension.[10][12] at Coraopolis/Neville Island Bridge.


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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  2. ^ a b "PHLF Awards 16 Historic Landmark Plaques". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Train Station History". Coraopolis History Archive. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Schmidlapp, Ellis L.; Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (October 4, 1978). "Coraopolis Railroad Station". National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form. National Park Service.
  5. ^ a b "Cory Rail Station on Historic List". Beaver County Times. May 13, 1979. p. D-6. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Barnes, Doug (October 24, 1999). "Railroad, River Museum Closer to Reality". Beaver County Times. p. A14. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Three properties in Pittsburgh region listed as endangered". February 3, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Coraopolis Community Development Foundation". Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Fischione Donovan, Sandra (May 6, 2015). "Push to refurbish former Coraopolis train station falls short of $75K goal". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Construction begins on transforming Coraopolis train station". October 30, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  11. ^ (Administrator), VincentTroia. "OHIO RIVER TRAIL COUNCIL". Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "Montour Trail – A multi-use rail-trail in Allegheny and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania". Retrieved January 14, 2018.

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