Shawmont Station - Marked as a Schuylkill River Trail Visitors Center
Shawmont Station at 7700 Nixon Street in Roxborough is the oldest extant passenger rail station in the country and the oldest building owned by any railroad company in the world. The 189-year-old station, once active on Regional Rail’s Norristown Line, is listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. SEPTA, which became owners of the station in 1981, expressed interest in saving the structure with community-backed renovations late last year, but no definite plans are forthcoming. Despite these controls in place to eventually save the structure from further deterioration, the Greek Revival passenger station still sits rotting and in deep disrepair as it waits for the saving grace of a creative, preservation-minded intervention. With the proximity of the Schuylkill River Trail and Manayunk Towpath in mind, and inspired by ideas that were proposed at a Shawmont Civic Association community meeting in November 2013, we propose putting the building to use as an outdoor sports visitor center and interpretive rail station museum.