A special tour of the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Station
WHAT: Guided Tour of the Former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Station
WHERE: 701 W. Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY
WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. AND 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
COST: $10 per person
Today Ithaca’s West End is undergoing a burst of revitalization, with new infill housing popping up in the midst of thriving retail businesses and offices. But when the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western (DL&W) railroad station on West Seneca Street was built in 1912, the West End was quite different. It was dominated by railroads and industry. The passenger station’s construction was part of a larger effort by the DL&W Railroad Company to modernize its tracks and stations in the early twentieth century. DL&W architect Frank J. Nies designed the Prairie-style building. “The new Lackawanna Railroad station . . . will . . . greatly enhance the beauty of the western section of the city and will be an object of pride to the citizens of Ithaca as well as the railroad company,” noted the Ithaca Daily Journal at the time of the station’s construction.
Revisit the days when railroad travel linked the nation on a guided tour of the recently landmarked former DL&W station led by railroad historian Gene Endres. Gene has been a life-long train buff, having grown up not far from the Erie Railroad Greenwood Lake Division in Montclair, New Jersey. He commuted by rail for his four years at Stevens Institute of Technology, and for another three while working for Ciba Pharmaceutical in Summit, New Jersey. He is also fond of history of all kinds, particularly local history since moving to Ithaca in 1973. Along the way, he worked as an audio engineer for Ithaca College for nearly 30 years, and has been a radio host there and a journalist for the Ithaca Times.
Limited spots are available. Tickets are $10 per person.
REGISTER FOR 11:00 AM TOUR
Click here to register for the 11:00 a.m. tour.
REGISTER FOR 1:00 PM TOUR
Due to popular demand, a second tour has been added, at 1:00 p.m. Register for the 1:00 p.m. tour by clicking here.
Thank you to the Tompkins Trust Company for their kind support of this event.