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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Frank Furness Railroad District

 
 
Frank Furness Railroad District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
1. Frank Furness Railroad District Marker
Inscription. The B&O Water Street Station (1888), the Pennsylvania Railroad Office Building (1905), and the Wilmington Train Station (1907), comprise a unique campus of railroad architecture by renowned Philadelphia architect Frank Furness (1839-1912). Frequently commissioned by the nation’s leading railroads, Furness left his creative mark at stations large and small throughout the Northeast, though few survive. Over his half-century career, which was interrupted by service in the Civil War, Furness developed a distinctively American style in which architectural elements were manipulated in proportion and scale in order to dramatize a building’s function and character. Oversize arches, muscular moldings, and bold projecting elements distinguish his works, which were further enlivened by his idiosyncratic ornament that combined organic and geometric motifs. His Wilmington commissions included the former Security Trust and Safe Deposit Co. (1885) at the corner of Sixth and Market Streets, and the B&) Delaware Avenue Passenger Station (1886), demolished in 1960.
 
Erected 2007 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-175.)
 
Location. 39° 44.198′ N, 75° 33.092′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County
B & O Station image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
2. B & O Station
. Marker is at the intersection of French Street and Rosa Parks Drive, on the right on French Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freedom Lost (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Railroad Boom (about 700 feet away); Delaware's Jewish Community (approx. 0.2 miles away); Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Farmers Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln's Speech (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas Garrett (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brown v. Board of Education (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Pennsylvania Railroad Office Building image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
3. Pennsylvania Railroad Office Building
Wilmington Train Station image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
4. Wilmington Train Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 9, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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