frank furness: Exhibit at Historical Society Good Enough to Eat! - 09/25/12 04:43 AM
It's been a while since I actually got to mount an exhibit, and thanks to the hammer I always carry in my trunk, and the work done earlier with the Delaware Historical Society, I got to hang up the pictures and captions on 2 of the panels in the current exhibit done by the Historical Society in cooperation with the Friends of The Furness Railroad District. Exhibit information on Frank Furness and his B& O Stations in Delaware and Maryland can be seen at  the Delaware Historical Society website.
This is the 100th anniversary of the death of Philadelphia architect, Frank Furness, and our Wilmington … (2 comments)

frank furness: Christmas Day At The Wilmington Amtrak Station Welcomes Visitors and Sends Folks Back Home - 12/27/11 04:02 AM
  
Even though the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Amtrak train station in Wilmington Delaware was designed by Frank Furness in 1908 and is in a National Register Historic District, it is very much an active place. As a matter of fact, it is the 11th busiest station in the country. Christmas day 2011 was no exception, as you can see from these pictures. Before and after 1:00 p.m., two trains were in the station, one going to Boston, and the other to Florida. Just another day of boarding trains for the conductors and engineers, but always an eventful day of … (4 comments)

frank furness: Model Train Layouts In Delaware Valley Highlighted - 10/28/10 05:24 AM
Model train layouts in private homes are highlighted in a month-long event running from October 30 to November 30. What is possibly the largest event of its kind covers Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Complete information is on the Model Train website http://www.modelrailroadopenhouse.com/
The picture here is one I took at a celebration in Ellicott City, Maryland.  The B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in America, and was the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial railroad in the country.  See my previous post on the Frank Furness designed Baltimore and Ohio … (2 comments)

frank furness: Historic Train Station in Wilmington, Delaware Hosts Train Buffs - 10/26/10 05:21 AM
    
Last week, I walked up the Christina River Riverwalk towards the Amtrak station and downtown Wilmington. It was a big day for our Friends of the Furness Railroad District. We were hosting the Baltimore and Ohio RR Historical Society, which brought 2 busloads of conventioneers from Baltimore to visit the Wilmington & Western RR steam train, and the waterfront turn of the 20th century B&O Water St. station, which has been restored by ING (which explains the big orange ball)
    
The restoration of this building (which is part of the Furness RR District which also includes  the Pennsylvania … (2 comments)

frank furness: A Frank Furness Fantasy in Haverford, Pennsylvania - 10/19/10 12:50 PM
                                         
Frank Furness and his partner, Allan Evans, began the design of Clement Griscom's Dolobran in 1881, and continued with ever more grand modifications until 1895. Griscom was president of the American Steamship Company and the Red Star Line of ships, and a director of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
We had a chance to see the first floor of this house on a tour sponsored by the Lower Merion Conservancy this week. Although the house looks large, the inside is even larger, because it slopes on a hillside in back. Located originally on 150 acres, grounds contained formal and informal gardens, farm buildings … (2 comments)

frank furness: Historic Architect Frank Furness Highlighted on Website of Local Group - 03/04/10 06:02 AM
A newly launched Website - www.FriendsOfFurness.org - celebrates the largest extant cluster of buildings designed by noted 19th-century architect Frank Furness, and they are located  right here in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, on the Christina Riverfront.    They  include:
•·   The Pennsylvania Railroad French Street Station (now Amtrak Station) 1908
•·   The Pennsylvania Building 1905
•·   Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (West Street Station) ca.1887
The Website site draws attention to the work of the architect who is famous for creating architecturally unique buildings in the Philadelphia area, including stations for three major American railroads:  the Pennsylvania, Reading, and Baltimore & Ohio lines. The … (3 comments)

frank furness: Vice President Biden starts ball rolling on train station renovation in Wilmington - 05/12/09 03:13 PM
On May 4, Vice President Biden, our 2 US Senators and 1 Representative (that is the total for the state of Delaware) along with local officials kicked off the $32 million renovation of the Wilmington Delaware Amtrak Station.
As a member of the steering committee for the Friends of the Furness RR District (a group promoting education about the Frank Furness designed 100 year old train station and its 2 companion buildings), I was invited to join the TV cameras and officials to hear the Vice President speak, and later shook hands with him.  It was worth going through the magnetometer search!
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