Revitalizing Community Infrastructure through the Restoration of Baltimore Penn Station

Lorynn Holloway
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Quinn Evans recognizes that infrastructure anchors, connects, and sustains communities. Our work addresses a wide range of vital structures and facilities, including America's iconic train stations which comprise a large portion of the nation’s transportation infrastructure. We have renewed and restored dozens of rail stations throughout the US to preserve their history and integrity. The modern designs enable them to support current and future operations while serving as community assets. Our preservation expertise now guides the rehabilitation of historic Baltimore Penn Station through a long-awaited mixed-use redevelopment project. 

Quinn Evans serves as Architect for the iconic Headhouse as part of the multidisciplinary development team, Penn Station Partners (PSP). Led by Beatty Development Group, the team includes Armada Hoffler Properties, Cross Street Partners, Gensler, Mace Group, Network Rail Consulting, and WSP USA, among others. Our expertise with historic structures driven by a thoughtful, research-based approach to sustainable stewardship will ensure that the unique character and original design elements are restored. Our collaboration and contributions as part of the larger team are elevating the importance and relevance of Baltimore’s vital transportation hub for future generations.

Rendering of completed renovations to Baltimore Penn Station showing a train on its tracks, a newly developed building adjacent to the station, and cars on the street.

Designed by Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison, Baltimore Penn Station has been in continuous operation since 1911. Currently the eighth-busiest station in the Amtrak system, it serves over one million passengers per year. Fueled by an ambitious vision, this multi-phased, mixed-use expansion of Penn Station will revitalize the historic train station and transform the surrounding community.

Quinn Evans is laying the groundwork for a mixed-use development that will grow alongside the historic structure. To restore the headhouse and prepare it for another century of service with optimal levels of functionality and resilience, we worked closely with PSP to reimagine the best uses for the building that will meet current and future needs. Historic Tax Credits on the federal and state level will finance this portion of the project.

On behalf of the entire Penn Station Partners team, we are incredibly excited for this opportunity to reimagine one of Baltimore’s great transportation hubs.

-Michael Beatty, President, Beatty Development Company

Gensler will be designing the new train station that will serve rail passengers and Amtrak operations. The headhouse will be commercial space only, with restaurants and office space. The renewed facility will be a vital transportation hub and commercial destination in the heart of Baltimore's Station North Arts & Entertainment District, which hosts a diverse collection of artist live-work spaces, galleries, rowhomes, and businesses. Upon completion, the station will fuel the area with new opportunities to live, work, and play while embracing its rich heritage and history.

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