Built in the Spanish Mission style in 1908 from designs by architect Frank P. Milburn, the Salisbury Railway Passenger Station, located at 215 Depot Street in Salisbury, was a mainline station between Washington D.C. and Atlanta, GA and served as one of the region’s major thoroughfares. As the automobile industry grew, train travel declined, and the Salisbury Station was largely ignored. It lay vacant for many years becoming a victim of weather and neglect.
In 1976 the Salisbury Railway Passenger Station was recognized in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1984 Historic Salisbury Foundation, Inc. purchased the property from the North Carolina Railroad Company and the Norfolk Southern Company and took on the challenge of resurrecting this unique landmark.
Historic Salisbury Foundation spent over 3.1 million dollars to restore the Salisbury Station. Work was completed in three phases. The first phase in 1990 opened four office spaces. The second phase in 1993 opened the Grand Waiting Room with is special events spaces. And, in 1996, the Foundation completed the third phase of work for additional office space.
The Salisbury Railway Passenger Station now houses the offices for Historic Salisbury Foundation, Inc., the Salisbury Amtrak Station, and the unique art and creative learning environment of Salisbury Art Station. The property is a fine example of historic preservation and adaptive re-use.
More information about architect Frank P. Milburn and his designs.
The Salisbury Passenger Depot is also the subject of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.