Backstory and Context
The elegantly detailed Colonial Revival structure was designed by the office of the Norfolk & Western Chief Engineer in Roanoke. Among its more striking features are the pedimented windows with oak-leaf pulvinated friezes.
The station remained in use as a railroad terminal until the formation of Amtrak in 1971, when passenger service on the Norfolk and Western's tracks ended. Petersburg railway passengers are now served at a station in Ettrick, Virginia, near Virginia State University.
National Park Service. "Petersburg Old Town Historic District." National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form. Prepared by Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission staff. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 1980. http://www.dhr.Virginia.gov/registers/Cities/Petersburg/123-0097_Petersburg_Old_Town_HD_Final_Nomination.pdf
Norfolk & Western Historical Society Archives https://www.nwhs.org/archivesdb/selectdocs.php?index=sc&cid=16&id=5