Address: 221 West Baker Street
Architect: William Price from Philadelphia firm, Price & McLanahan
Style: Arts & Crafts
Current owner: Private
- Large barrel vault ceiling in the main waiting room
- Display cases show mementos from railroad history
- Decorative brickwork in the main concourse
- Elaborate carved wood clock above main entrance in the main
- Large arched window over entrance recessed under layered brick arch
Reasons to cherish this place:
The Baker Street Station is one of the last remaining passenger depots in Fort Wayne and is an important link to the city’s railroad heritage. It
was the largest and the grandest of the city’s train stations.
In its busiest time as the Pennsylvania Railroad Station, around 3,000 people passed through the station daily during World War II. Soldiers
said tearful goodbyes and families welcomed them home from war at the station. Even Santa Claus traveled by rail and arrived at the station via the “Santa Claus Special” each year the day after Thanksgiving.
In the early 2000s, the building was restored and turned into offices for Martin Riley Architects & Engineers and a banquet facility that is a
popular wedding venue.
The former Peoples Trust Bank clock that used to be downtown on Calhoun Street is displayed outside the station.