The New York Central Railroad Station was originally built in 1925 in the grand neoclassical style and is recognized as A Historic Place. Today, trains on nearby tracks can still be seen and heard when inside the building, serving as a reminder of the building's original purpose.
When the building was renovated and restored, colors were selected that would have been used in the Jazz Age, when the train station was originally built. The interior color palette includes neutral gray-schemed backgrounds with bright trimming in gold, Chinese red and peacock blue to highlight the gorgeous, restored ornamental ceiling; creating an atmosphere reflecting the grandeur of the 1920s.
Other historic features include a stunning, restored 2-story rotunda space (including a chandelier) and a vintage shoe shine stand that was donated to the facility. A variety of old and new materials have been used throughout the building to create an overall balanced, functional space. The Center has an inviting, warm, nostalgic look and feel that welcomes visitors.
The Transportation Museum for Lorain County also showcases memorabilia related to all forms of regional transportation. Additional historic posters and photographs appear enlarged, framed and hung as museum decorations.
For more information about the renovation of the New York Central Railroad Station, please see the Project History of the Lorain County Transportation & Community Center.
RECOGNIZED FOR HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE
National Registry of Historic Places (Lorain County)
Listing Reference Number: 79002714 Listing Date: August 13, 1979 Area of Significance: Architecture
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of properties recognized by the U.S. Federal Government as worthy of recognition for their local, state or national significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture.
Although the Register is a Focus Program of the National Park Service, it is administered at the state level by each respective state. In Ohio, the National Register program is administered by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.
This property is listed in the National Register under "Criterion C" for its distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, because it represents the work of a master, possesses high artistic values, or because it represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction.