Philipse Manor station

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Philipse Manor
Philipse Manor, NY, train station.jpg
A southbound express train passes through the station
General information
Location78 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, New York
Coordinates41°5′41″N 73°52′10″W / 41.09472°N 73.86944°W / 41.09472; -73.86944
Line(s)Hudson Line
Platforms2 side platforms
ParkingPMIA permit West Side
Village of SH on East Side
Other information
Fare zone5
OpenedJanuary 30, 1911[1]
Electrified700V (DC) third rail
Preceding station MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad Following station
Scarborough Hudson Line Tarrytown
Former services
Preceding station New York Central Railroad Following station
toward Peekskill
Hudson Division Tarrytown
toward New York
Philipse Manor Railroad Station
Coordinates41°5′41″N 73°52′10″W / 41.09472°N 73.86944°W / 41.09472; -73.86944Coordinates: 41°5′41″N 73°52′10″W / 41.09472°N 73.86944°W / 41.09472; -73.86944
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleTudor revival
NRHP reference No.91000237[2]
Added to NRHPMarch 14, 1991

Philipse Manor station is a commuter rail stop on the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line, located in the Philipse Manor area of Sleepy Hollow, New York, United States.

Built around 1910 and opened on January 30, 1911, the Tudorbethan architecture of the station's original has earned it a listing on the National Register of Historic Places as an intact example of an early commuter rail station.[3] It is the only station on the Hudson Line besides Poughkeepsie to be so recognized.


Philipse Manor was founded in 1869 by Ida Ray Piste. The construction of the Hudson River Railroad and its later acquisition by the New York Central in the late 19th century opened up the river towns in Westchester County for suburbanization. It became possible for those of sufficient means to live in large houses amid the pastoral and scenic riverside, and accordingly villages like Irvington, Tarrytown and North Tarrytown (today's Sleepy Hollow) began to grow and develop.[3]

Undeveloped areas along the railroad line were soon snapped up by developers who saw the possibilities. In 1900 one, John Brisben Walker, acquired the old Kingsland estate in the north of North Tarrytown and began subdividing it. One of his selling points was the rail access, but this failed to materialize and Walker had to sell the property, now called Philipse Manor in a confused reference to nearby Philipsburg Manor House,[note 1] and had to sell to William Bell, who was able to complete it. Construction continued and subdivided land was sold under the name Philipse Manor Company.[4] Bell made the rail service possible by building the station and presenting it to the railroad.[3] Train service began on January 30, 1911.[1]

It remained in use throughout the private ownership of the railroad. When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority assumed passenger commuter operations of the then-bankrupt Penn Central in the early 1970s and passed it along to Metro-North in 1983, it eventually closed the station house in favor of automated ticketing operations, and the main house fell into disrepair. The station has since been reused as the Hudson Valley Writers' Center, which won an award from the Preservation League of New York State for its work on the station in 2005.[5]

As of 2008, the MTA has been working to extend the platforms to accommodate eight-car trains and improve service and capacity. It is part of a $56 million program focused on all the Rivertowns stations. The agency expects it will be complete by 2010.[6][needs update]

Station layout[edit]

Station building[edit]

A stone building with a peaked roof and half-timbered pediments seen from its right, with a platform and some railroad tracks visible in the front. Three large round arched entryways at track level have been closed with wood paneling
1910 main building, west elevation

The main building (no longer used for rail purposes) is a one-story hip-roofed octagonal structure of rock-faced granite block with stone, stucco and wood trim. It is built into the bluff created when the tracks were cut, and thus access to them was provided through the basement, through doors which have since been bricked off.[3]

The station's east facade is augmented with two gabled porte-cocheres projecting at oblique angles, each supported by a heavy granite pier. Trapezoidal wings also jut from the narrow sides of the octagon. The loggia across the facade has central round arched opening with a parapet. This does not lead to an entrance, instead backing the fireplace and its corbeled stone chimney. The original roof used slate, but it has been replaced with asphalt shingles.[3]

Inside, the fireplace uses several colors of granite, flanked with original iron radiators. It is complemented by dark oak matchboards over the stucco, laid to simulate paneling and form a dado. Further ornamentation includes a double frieze at ceiling level.[3]

Platform and track configuration[edit]

The station has two high-level side platforms, each eight cars long.[7]: 3 

The more modern station subsequently built by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) consists of two long concrete, elevated side platforms with dark-green painted steel shelters. Between them are the four tracks of this section of the Hudson Line, all with third rails. The inside tracks carry express trains, and diesel-powered Amtrak and Metro-North trains bound for the non-electrified sections between Croton–Harmon and the northern end of the line at Poughkeepsie, none of which stop at Philipse Manor. An overpass connects the two platforms.

M Mezzanine Connection between platforms
Platform level
Street level Eastern exit/entrance and parking
Side platform Disabled access
Track 3      Hudson Line toward Croton–Harmon (Scarborough)
Track 1      Hudson Line express services do not stop here
     Empire Corridor services do not stop here
Track 2      Empire Corridor services do not stop here →
     Hudson Line express services do not stop here →
Track 4      Hudson Line toward Grand Central (Tarrytown)
Side platform Disabled access
Street level Western exit/entrance and parking

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The actual Philipse Manor is in Yonkers, some ten miles (16 km) to the south (both manor houses served the original Philipsburg Manor).


  1. ^ a b "Philipse Manor". The New York Times. February 5, 1911. p. 71. Retrieved December 27, 2017 – via open access
  2. ^ Westchester County Listings -- National Register of Historic Places
  3. ^ a b c d e f Kuhn, Robert (January 1991). "National Register of Historic Places nomination, Philipse Manor Railroad Station". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved June 22, 2008.
  4. ^ "Philipse Manor on the Hudson (advertisement)". New-York Tribune. April 10, 1910. p. 11 – via open access
  5. ^ "Excellence In Preservation Award Winners Announced: Restoration of Philipse Manor Railroad Station to be Honored" (Press release). Preservation League of New York State. August 2, 2005. Retrieved June 22, 2008. Erected between 1910 and 1912, this handsome granite edifice became the gateway for one of the nation's first (1903) planned suburban developments, Philipse Manor. In the 1970s, MetroNorth ceased using the building, and its great fireplace and American Chestnut-paneled waiting room fell victim to vandals. The HVWC successfully restored the majestic building as a space for offices, prose and poetry readings, writing workshops and other cultural programs.
  6. ^ Valenti, Ken (June 20, 2008). "Metro-North finishes work on four Hudson Line stations". The Journal News. Gannett Corporation. Retrieved June 22, 2008. Work continues at three more stations - Ossining, Scarborough and Philipse Manor - which the railroad expects to complete in 2010. One other station remains, in Tarrytown, which needs extensive work, officials said.
  7. ^ "Metro-North Railroad Track & Structures Department Track Charts Maintenance Program Interlocking Diagrams & Yard Diagrams 2015" (PDF). Metro-North Railroad. 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2019.

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