Wilkinsburg Train Station
Poised to become a symbol of the business district’s revitalization.
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.
The 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.
View a history of the Wilkinsburg Train Station in pictures HERE.
In November 2021, the Wilkinsburg Train Station was featured in an article of Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits. Feel free to read the article here.
2021 Community Initiative Award
The Wilkinsburg Train Station was awarded the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office’s Community Initiative Award.
The Community Initiative Awards recognize the hard work and dedication of outstanding organizations, municipalities, agencies and individuals whose work embodies the theme of Pennsylvania’s statewide historic preservation plan. The plan provides a framework of activities and goals that will help Pennsylvanians better understand historic preservation and its benefits, appreciate their shared histories as told through historic places, and balance history and economic development to manage change within their communities. Read the full article here.
It’s $6.5 million renovation
- 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 small brewery or tap room, office space, or retail.
- 3,500 square feet of additional courtyard space
You Have Been Heard
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.
Thank You To Our Major Funders
- Richard King Mellon Foundation
- Allegheny Foundation
- Hillman Foundation
- Wilkinsburg High School Alumni
- Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Committee
- TriState Capital Bank
- Bridgeway Capital
- FNB Corporation
- PNC Bank
- Bud & Barb Wise
- Wilkinsburg Historical Society
Financial Assistance Provided By
The Commonwealth of PA, Honorable Tom Wolf Governor
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County
Thank You To Our Project Partners
Want to be a part of history?
The fully renovated building is will be move-in ready by 2021.
Interested in a tour? Contact Moses Workman, 412.727.7855 option 2, firstname.lastname@example.org