This article was first published on October 6, 2010. The architecture is still beautiful, so we're sharing it again!
Train stations are the perfect nexus of transit and architecture geekdom. They’re monuments to all the things that urbanists hold dear. Luckily, the Washington area is full of wonderful examples of historic depots, big and small. Just about everyone is familiar with Union Station, but have you seen Point of Rocks? Fredericksburg? Gaithersburg?
Here are some pictures of particularly interesting historic train stations in the region, starting with four (header photo and these three below) designed by famed B&O Railroad architect Francis Baldwin.
The Fredericksburg and Perryville stations are clearly cousins, though they were built by different railroads.
The Fredericksburg station features industrial-style covered platforms, which are rare for the Washington region.
Before Union Station was built, B&O Railroad had its own DC depot. It’s been gone a century, but Frederick’s 1854 station is architecturally similar, and still stands.
Being an industrial city, Baltimore is full of interesting depots.
Here are a few more from around the region. Baldwin-designed stations are marked with an asterisk.