Lincoln Square Historic Train Shed Adaptive Reuse
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2019 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Public Impact Award Winner

2019 Economic Impact Award Winner from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

Kelly Maiello was responsible for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the 32,000-square-foot historic 1876 Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railway Company train shed for the new Lincoln Square mixed-use development, located on the northwest corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue in Philadelphia.  With the construction of a modern addition, the two structures connected to form a large space for a Sprouts grocery store. 

The PWB freight shed is a rare example of the Industrial Age, a once-important terminal demonstrating construction and engineering that used a 100-foot Fink truss design. The massive shed has been restored to its original late Gothic style, including the broad sloping roof, cast iron roof brackets, thick brick walls, glazed roof monitors, and expanse of exposed wood decking

The design of the addition is both modern and compatible with the train shed. The massing of the addition is simple; it is one story high with a flat roof and a raised clerestory at its center bay. The north and south exterior brick walls are aligned with those of the train shed. The brick piers and windows continue the rhythm of the existing piers and openings of the shed.  The increased transparency and scale of the east-facing main entrance is in response to Broad Street and the adjacent new midrise building. In the interior of the addition the structural steel framing system is exposed in a similar way as in the train shed.  Without a demising wall between the addition and train shed, there is one continuous functional and spatial experience. The raised clerestory brings light into the center of the space similar to the roof monitors of the shed.

See PIDC's article on the development and the history of the train shed.


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Photo/Image credits:  Halkin | Mason Photography