Charles North in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pennsylvania Station dates from the Gilded Age of architecture, when railroads were the economic force of the city and train stations were monuments of civic pride. This station, designed by Kenneth M. Murchison, opened the night of September 14, 1911 to a crowd of 5,000 Baltimoreans, who came to inspect this new "gateway to the city."
Murchison's elaborate design of Beaux Arts classicism featured granite, terra cotta, and cast iron on the exterior, and an impressive interior of Sicilian marble walls, domed skylights of leaded glass, and Rookwood ceramic tiles. Rookwood was once the country's foremost manufacturer of art pottery, producing artistic ceramic tiles for the country's major hotels, churches, and train stations. The Rookwood tiles in Pennsylvania Station are one of the few installations left intact.
Previously on this site stood the old Union Station, erected by the Northern Central Railway in 1873. In 1884, the Pennsylvania Railroad brought the Northern Central Railway line, thereby tying Baltimore into the eastern seaboard rail network. By the early twentieth century, the old facility could no longer
Turn-of-the-century view of old Union Station.
Baltimore City Landmark
National Register of Historic Places
Erected 2008 by National Railroad Passenger Corporation; William Donald Schaefer, Mayor; Rededicated 2008, Sheila Dixon, Mayor.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 14, 1911.
Location. 39° 18.436′ N, 76° 36.948′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in Charles North. Marker can be reached from North Charles Street north of West Oliver Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Entering the Automobile Age: The Horseless Revolution (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 9/11 Memorial Garden (about 700 feet away); Juneteenth Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lyric Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Maryland Line Monument Greek Orthodox Cathedral (approx. 0.2 miles away); Father George P. Gallos (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rene Townsend (Chicago IL, 1952 - 1998) (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Regarding Pennsylvania Station. The station is commonly referred to Penn Station throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
Additional keywords. Penn Station
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 9, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2. submitted on October 8, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3. submitted on June 9, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.