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San Carlos in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

San Carlos Station

1888 - 1988

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, October 29, 2006
1. San Carlos Station Marker
Inscription.  
Southern Pacific constructed this station in 1888 to meet the needs of the new town of San Carlos. The use of the Richardsonian Romanesque Revival style of architecture was exceedingly rare for railroad depots in California. This style and the use of Almaden sandstone are strong links to Stanford University and its architect, Charles Coolidge, who may have designed this station. The station has served as a church, post office, library and restaurant. It was designated as a city Landmark in 1976 and in 1984 it was added to the National Register of Historical Places.
 
Erected 1988 by The San Carlos Lions Club.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsNotable PlacesRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
 
Location. 37° 30.437′ N, 122° 15.617′ W. Marker is in San Carlos, California, in San Mateo County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of El Camino Real (State Highway 82) and San Carlos Avenue. Marker is located at the San Carlos Train Depot. Touch for map.
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By Syd Whittle, October 29, 2006
2. San Carlos Station Marker
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 599 El Camino Real, San Carlos CA 94070, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. San Carlos Depot (a few steps from this marker); Thaddeus Kerns (approx. half a mile away); Pan American Airways "Philippine Clipper" Martin (M-130) NC-14715 (approx. half a mile away); City of San Carlos Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ralston Hall (approx. 1.6 miles away); S.M. Mezes (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sequoia Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Carrington Hall (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Carlos.
 
Also see . . .  Southern Pacific Depot. NP Gallery Digital Asset (Submitted on March 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords. Railroad Depot
 
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By Syd Whittle, October 29, 2006
3. San Carlos Station
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By Syd Whittle, October 29, 2006
4. San Carlos Station
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By Syd Whittle, October 29, 2006
5. San Carlos Station Sign
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Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
6. San Carlos Station -
HABS CAL,41-SACAR,1-
Historic American Building Survey (LOC)
Historical Building Survey Significance:
The Southern Pacific Depot at San Carlos is a rare example of the use of the Richardsonian Romanesque style in California railroad station architecture. It was the first permanent building erected by the San Carlos Land Company to form the nucleus for their speculative town development.

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Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
7. Reconstructed Baggage Doors
HABS CAL,41-SACAR,1-
These doors had been removed and lost by Southern Pacific in the 1960s or 1970s, and were reconstructed using original plans and historic photos for guidance.
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By Syd Whittle, March 28, 2011
8. Reconstructed Baggage Doors
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,466 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 3, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   5. submitted on September 4, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   6, 7. submitted on April 10, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   8. submitted on April 5, 2011, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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