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30th Street Station is Philadelphia's main Railway Station. It was built between 1929 and 1934 by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White.

Increasing Traffic

30th Street Station, Philadelphia
30th Street Station
When then 1881 Broad Street Station - a train shed terminal in the center of Philadelphia - became too small to cope with the growing number of passengers, the Pennsylvania Railroad decided to construct a new, larger station out of the city center.

In 1925, an agreement with the city gave the Pennsylvania Railroad tunnel rights from 15th Street to the Schuykill River while the city in return was given land needed for the construction of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Two Stations

Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial, 30th Street Station
Pennsylvania Railroad
World War II Memorial
The Pennsylvania Railroad built two stations: Suburban Station at the city center and 30th Street Station on the west side of the Schuykill river. Both were designed by the Chicago firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, the successor firm to D.H. Burnham & Co.

The Building

The 30th Street Station was built between 1929 and 1934, during the Great Depression. The overall building is 327ft wide and 637ft long (100 x 194m).

The main concourse is enormous: it measures 135ft by 290ft (41 x 88m) and has a 95ft (29m) high coffered ceiling with beautiful Art Deco chandeliers. The building's neo-classical exterior is dominated by monumental columns. Although clearly neoclassical, the exterior hints to a
Interior of the 30th Strteet Station in Philadelphia
The station's main concourse
more modern style, which is even more evident in the station's interior.

When the station opened in 1934, it featured over 3,000 sq. ft (279 sq. m) of hospital space, a chapel, a mortuary and a landing space for small aircraft on the reinforced roof.

Subway
30th Street (Market-Frankford Line)
Location
2955 Market Street
244
philadelphia
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