Exterior of Peachtree Station
|Location||1688 Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
|Owned by||Southern Railway A&C Division|
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
|Connections||MARTA bus; Route 110|
|Parking||Yes; Paid; Limited|
|Passengers (2015)||85,252 10.9%|
Peachtree Southern Railway Station
|Location||1688 Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
|Architect||Hentz, Reid & Adler|
|NRHP Reference #||76000628|
|Added to NRHP||September 14, 1976|
Peachtree is a train station in Atlanta, Georgia. It is currently served by Amtrak's Crescent passenger train. The street address is 1688 Peachtree Street, Northwest, in the Brookwood section of town between Buckhead and Midtown.
Designed by architect Neel Reid, it was built in 1918 as a commuter stop on the northside of town for the Southern Railway whose main stop was Terminal Station downtown. The new station was formally named Peachtree Station by Southern; informally it was widely referred to as Brookwood Station. Terminal Station closed in 1970, and after the start of Amtrak in 1971 when Union Station closed, Peachtree Station became the only passenger station in Atlanta still open. Amtrak took over the Crescent from Southern in 1979 and became the station's tenant.
Designed in an Italian Renaissance style of architecture, the depot features Palladian windows and classical elements such as pilasters and a molded entablature.
Amtrak passengers often note that the station is small and is elevated far above the tracks, requiring use of a long stairway or elevator. This design reflects the original intent of the station as a suburban stop and the much smaller size of Atlanta at the turn of the 20th century.
The interior of the station underwent an extensive remodeling in preparation for the 1996 Olympics, held in Atlanta.
For some time, there have been proposals for a new Amtrak station in downtown. In April 2011, the city of Atlanta submitted an application for a grant seeking $22.5 million to relocate the station approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) south to Northside Drive and 17th Street, near the multi-use community of Atlantic Station. However, the deal fell through, and the property instead sold to Fuqua Development.
In November 2011, the Georgia Department of Transportation signed a $12.2 million contract with Cousins Properties, The Integral Group, and Forest City Enterprises to develop plans for a new station in the "Gulch" area near Five Points, close to the former site of the Terminal station. This station is intended to serve as a hub not only for Amtrak, but for MARTA, intercity buses, and the proposed commuter rail lines as well.
Amtrak is continuing to negotiate with MARTA, Norfolk Southern, and the Georgia DoT as it explores options for replacing its facility. Among the options currently under consideration is the site of the former General Motors assembly plant adjacent to the Doraville MARTA station.
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- Caldwell, Carla (April 14, 2011). "Historic Atl. Amtrak Station Could Close". Atlanta Business Chronicle. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- Tobin, Rachel (October 31, 2011). "'Gulch' Transit Hub Plans Shift Out of Idle". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
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