Train stations: “buildings as corporate branding”


Union Station, Washington DC

The expansion of railroads across the United States in the 19th century left an architectural legacy in addition to the landscape legacy of the rail lines themselves. Architecturally distinct passenger stations were built in major cities—New York’s Grand Central Station and Washington DC’s Union Station are notable examples. But railroad companies commissioned architects to build different kinds of stations in smaller cities and towns. Many of the styles were developed as a form of “corporate branding.” This writer explains how.

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America’s Train Stations: an architectural explainer

By Anthony Paletta

CityLab

June 10, 2017

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