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A Train Station Harry Potter would love!

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The historic Bound Brook eastbound train station is about to be restored by DENNIS KOWAL ARCHITECTS.   Open web trusses that support an old-style corrugated metal roof that spans the platform and a brick and tile waiting room will be saved from further deterioration and restored to their original splendor.

Preservation plans by DKA were approved by the State Historic Preservation Office, New Jersey Transit, and the Department of Transportation and construction will begin this winter.  The Central Jersey Railroad began in 1830 and eventually extended from Scranton to the Jersey City Terminal with Ferry Crossing to New York City.  Hundreds of commuters still use the New Jersey Transit Line each day.  Old documents report that the important Bound Brook Station accommodated 1,700 passengers per day and over 100,000 tons of freight each year at its peak.  When the line was extended across the Delaware River in 1856 to connect to the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company a third rail was added to adjust for the two different gauges of track used by the DL&W line (broad gauge) and the CNJ (standard gauge).

DENNIS KOWAL ARCHITECTS provided materials analysis to match brick, mortar, interior tiles and terracotta.  Their design will restore the platform and eastbound waiting room to its original condition.   Planning is complicated by the fact that trains will pass within inches of the renovation during construction.

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Posted November 14, 2011 by Dennis Kowal Architects in Historic Preservation

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