Greyhound Terminal, Binghamton NY
Backstory and Context
Built in 1938, the Binghamton Greyhound Bus terminal has been in continuous operation since that time. The architectural style of the building is known as Streamline Moderne, a form of Art Deco design evident in many Greyhound bus terminals built between 1937 and the mid 1940’s.
Intended to depict aerodynamics and a sense of speed, the design is attributed to Louisville architect William S. Arrasmith, who designed over sixty moderne Greyhound terminals in his career, of which only a half-dozen exist today.
In his book “The Streamline Era of Greyhound Terminals: the architecture of W.S.Arrasmith,” author Frank Wrennick wrote of the Binghamton terminal: “the façade featured cast stone details including scalloped cornice window reveals, the block-lettered word ‘Greyhound,’ and a running greyhound. Glass block was employed over the main street entrance and in a wing wall which concealed the bus docks from the street.” High above the main entrance neon glass tubing is formed into the shape of a running greyhound dog.
In 2009 a new transportation center was constructed on the site. At that time the original building façade was restored and incorporated into the new structure.