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St. Thomas Canada Southern Railway Station

St. Thomas Canada Southern Railway Station

Photos and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

St. Thomas Canada Southern Railway Station

Plaque Location

The County of Elgin
The City of St. Thomas
On the northwest side of the former railway station
south of the intersection of Talbot and Manitoba streets


Coordinates: N 42 46.681 W 81 11.199

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Plaque Text

The St. Thomas Canada Southern (CASO) Station, financed by American railway promoters, was constructed between 1871 and 1873 to serve as both the passenger station for St. Thomas and CASO's corporate headquarters. During the 1920s, the station was one of the busiest in Canada. The Canada Southern rail route through southwestern Ontario ultimately linked Chicago and New York City, and was instrumental in the economic development and growth of St. Thomas. Designed in the Italianate style by Canadian architect Edgar Berryman (1839-1905), the impressive building is embellished with classical details such as pilasters, arched windows and passageways, wide eaves and a heavy cornice supported by paired brackets. The building's design, scale and quality of interior finishes make it unique within Canadian architectural history and it stands as a symbol of the importance of railway development in southern Ontario.

Related Ontario plaque
Hamilton CN Station

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Union Station

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