Suburban Station

Philadelphia, PA

BLT Architects met the challenge of transforming Philadelphia's main regional rail station by addressing transit riders' contemporary needs while preserving the memorable character of the 1920s historic station.

Client
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Completion
2006
Size
365,000 Square Feet
Cost
$33 Million
Role
Architect
Description

BLT Architects met the challenge of transforming Philadelphia’s main regional rail station by addressing transit riders’ contemporary needs while preserving the memorable character of the historic¬†1920s station. BLTa reorganized the transit and retail functions so the station was easier to navigate and more attractive.

The previously north facing historic ticket windows were disassembled and rebuilt to face south in the renovated station because the flow of pedestrian traffic has changed since the original construction. The redesign added a significant amount of retail space which will provide SEPTA with needed income. The retail spaces were pulled away from the ticket area to provide improved passenger way finding.

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