Harpers Ferry Train Station

Harpers Ferry, WV

Exhibit, visitor information, orientation spaces
Train station ticketing, passenger waiting area
Sensitive integration of new building systems into the historic fabric
Utilized all four approaches within the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties: preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction
National Park Service, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Cost Estimating, Full Design Services, Construction Administration

Constructed by the B&O Railroad in 1894, the Harpers Ferry Train Station was moved to its present location in 1931 when advancements in train technology allowed higher speeds that necessitated track modifications.  This project returned the station to its 1931 appearance, celebrating that key time in railroad development, and provides spaces for both train passengers and Harpers Ferry visitors.

While the commuter rail remained operational, the building was lifted to insert a new concrete foundation and a second story tower that had been removed was reconstructed.

Inside, gambrel ceilings—exposing beaded board patterns, chamfered beams, and cornice details—and doors, windows, and hardware were restored to their former splendor.

What our clients say

“My experiences with GWWO and the staff I have worked with … surpass any I have had with other consultants. … The creativity, professionalism, and insight of the GWWO team was invaluable …” 

—Peter Dessauer, Architect, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park


AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Citation Award
AIA Baltimore Design Award Honorable Mention