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Property Name DELAWARE & HUDSON PASSENGER STATION
Reference Number 13000310
State New York
County Warren
Town Lake George
Street Address 57 Beach Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/22/2013
Areas of Significance
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000310.pdf
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The former Delaware & Hudson Passenger Station in Lake George, Warren County, is an architecturally and historically significant resource. The nominated building was erected 1909-1911 to plans prepared by the New York City architectural office of Ludlow & Peabody, who were simultaneously engaged as associates, with noted hotel architect Henry J. Hardenbergh, for the construction of a new Fort William Henry Hotel, the previous edifice having been destroyed by fire in June 1909. Both the station and new hotel (no longer extant) were owned and operated by Delaware & Hudson and conceived as complements to one another, and as a unified complex of sorts. The Lake George station, which was related aesthetically to the new hotel it helped service, replaced an existing station erected in 1882, and like the former version functioned as a base of operations for the company's regional railroad and steamboat operations. The building at one time included two long covered platforms which extended some distance from the concourse section; this feature and the adjacent railroad tracks have since been removed. Architecturally the building designed by Ludlow & Peabody is related to the various Mediterranean Revival styles popular in that era, with features characteristic of the various eclectic Spanish and the Italian modes, among them a broad, bracketed hipped roof clad with clay barrel tiles, a prominent hipped-roof tower, and Neoclassical features such as keystoned, arched bays and Tuscan order columns. The principal interior space, the waiting room, retains its barrel vaulted ceiling, while the building retains its historic internal spatial configuration. It is among the last 'surviving features of what was, in the 1910s, a sprawling transportation and resort complex operated by the Delaware & Hudson Company, one which serviced Lake George's thriving tourist industry. The station is being nominated at the local significance in association with Criterion A, in the area of Transportation, for its direct relationship with Delaware & Hudson's regional transportation network, and under Criterion C, in the area of Architecture, as a somewhat unusual and distinctive example of Mediterranean-inspired railroad architecture.

 

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