Manheim Train Station

The Manheim Train Station, a historical landmark, was renovated to preserve the high quality of architectural design that was originally created for the train station in the 1800’s. It was created for the Reading and Columbia Railroad that was once prominent in south-central Pennsylvania. The Manheim Station began as a passenger depot until 1929 when it was primarily used as a freight station.

Client

The Manheim Historical Society

210 South Charlotte Street
Manheim, PA 17545

The Manheim Historical Society Website

Our Task

Task

The Manheim Train Station stands as a monument to a past chapter of local commercial and economic history. It is also one of the only small town railroad stations from the late Victorian period that is still in existence in Lancaster County. Therefore, careful and accurate preservation was important for the future.

Services Used

Foreman Architects Engineers

Some of the renovations done to the exterior of the Manheim Train Station consisted of replacing the roof rafters, installing a new commercial grade seamed roof, installing a new deck, and repairing cracks in the foundation. Also, repairs and replacements of the doors and windows were completed as part of the renovation.

The interior received new wiring, wood doors and floors, light fixtures and mezzanine stairs. The west end of the building was made into a community-use meeting room with built-in display cabinets along three walls, where Manheim area artifacts have been kept. A mezzanine houses a transportation library. The east end of the building was restored to an office as it would have appeared in the 1880’s. The separate men’s and ladies’ waiting areas are used to store the museum’s local transportation-related items.