Railroads

Between 1878 and 1884, in his role as consulting architect Furness designed some 125 projects for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, creating their corporate identity for stations, locomotives, and passenger cars. In 1885 he became the architect for the Philadelphia Division of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, designing 33 stations between Baltimore and Philadelphia as well as larger buildings at Wilmington, Chester and the Philadelphia terminal. In 1890 he won the commission for the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Bryn Mawr Hotel and followed that with the vast enlargement of their headquarters, Broad Street Station, a dozen ferryboats, an another dozen stations. In addition he designed the residences of most of the Philadelphia railroad presidents from Thomas Scott to Samuel Rea. © George E. Thomas