Adaptive Reuse Studio: PWB Train Shed

  • The Philadelphia Wilmington and Baltimore (PWB) Train Shed, located at Broad and Washington Streets in Philadelphia, was built in 1876. Design of the building has been attributed to the PWB’s chief engineer, Sidney Fuller. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014, and is a rare example of a long span freight shed, and one that utilized the Fink truss. This project explored the adaptive reuse of the PWB Freight Shed as headquarters for a new regional facility to nurture up-and-coming visual and performing artists. The new Philadelphia Arts Incubator (PAI) will provide studio space for visual and performance artists to develop their work, exhibit space, performance space, and classroom space for educational programming. In addition to studio and performance space, the adaptive reuse scheme will accommodate offices for ten (10) staff members.
  • EXISTING CONDITIONS of the Historic
    Philadelphia Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Freight Shed
     AT 1001 S 15 ST Philadelphia
  • Proposed Adaptive Reuse Scheme
  • Historic Imagery
  • Axon of Proposed Interior Space
  • Precedent:
    Goods Shed North Adaptive Reuse , Melbourne
  • Final Presentation