Wilkinsburg Train Station

As one of the borough’s most recognizable landmarks, the Wilkinsburg Train Station is poised to become a symbol of — and a catalyst for — the business district’s revitalization. Built in 1915 by Philadelphia architect Walter H. Cookson, the opulent station earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and was included on the Young Preservationist Association’s Tip-Top Ten List as the region’s number one building worthy of preservation.

Vacant for more than 50 years, this 100+ year old beaux arts-style anchor building will become one of the most historically significant and architecturally unique buildings in the entire region, state and even the nation. It features a skylight, delicately patterned terrazzo and mosaic tile floors, a unique clock tower and polished stone pilasters and panels. Together with the Lohr Building renovation, these projects represent one of the largest commercial development investments in Wilkinsburg’s modern history.

The station is located on the East Busway, offering express service to Pittsburgh. Half a block away is busy Penn Avenue, and the station lies directly across the street from the Wilkinsburg Borough Building and Library. 

Its $6.5 million renovation includes: 

  • Renovation of the existing site amenities and landscape
  • Comprehensive restoration of the building’s exterior
  • Restoration of significant historic spaces on the main floor
  • Renovation of the lower level
  • New restrooms
  • New site utilities, including water, sewer, gas and electrical service
  • New mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection services (completed according to historic property standards)

This mixed-use commercial property offers more than 8,400 square feet of leasable space between two floors — the historic lobby and the lower level, which was once a baggage area.

The completed project will include:

  • 3,645 square feet on the main level, perfect for a brewery or high-end restaurant
  • 4,780 square feet on the lower level, ideal for a kitchen and additional seating
  • 3,500 square feet of additional courtyard space

As a sign of support from the surrounding community, a grassroots capital campaign raised over $5 million, which was $2 million over it’s initial goal. The renovation is also made possible in part thanks to a generous $1 million contribution from The Richard King Mellon Foundation.

The fully renovated building is expected to be move-in ready by early 2020. Interested in a tour? Contact Cameron Conroy of Avison Young: 412-944-2129, cameron.conroy@avisonyoung.com

CLICK HERE: The Train Station in the News