Reading Company Freight Station at Quakertown Pennsylvania . Watercolor . 14" x 20"
... the Reading Railroad (RDG) Freight Station in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, circa 1970... view looking to the south. The Quakertown Train Station located a few hundred feet to the north, was constructed in 1902 by the Reading Company, using local Rockhill granite and Indiana limestone and this freight depot was built at or about the same time. Both the train station and freight depot were designed in 1889, by the Wilson Brothers & Company of Philadelphia... and both the freight depot and train station were entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. The original freight depot is a symmetrical facility composed of some small office space and 7 individual, enclosed, pass through stalls, within the central stone structure... with a pair of covered loading platforms, extended from each end. Presently the facility is in rough shape. The roof on the main building is still intact and the covered platform on the south end is mostly stabilized, but the north platform, illustrated... falling apart when I painted this, is now gone... demolished and removed by SEPTA, the current owner of the property, in 2016.