Each day, Clio connects thousands of people to nearby culture and history. Our website and mobile app are free for everyone and designed to make it easy to discover cultural and historical sites throughout the United States. You can search for nearby sites, take a walking tour, create your own itinerary, or simply go for a walk or drive and let Clio show you nearby sites using our mobile app. Clio is non-profit and free for everyone thanks to the support of people like you. Donations are tax- deductible! Click here to learn more!
Laconia Passenger Station (Laconia Railroad Station
The Laconia Railroad Station was designed by a well-respected New York Architect by the name of Bradford L. Gilbert, whose work on the station followed in the footsteps of H.H. Richardson. Richardson was largely responsible for the spread of the Romanesque Revival style, sometimes referred to as the Richardsonian Romanesque style as an homage to his influence. The Romanesque Revival largely affected buildings which would be used for public or government use, and the Laconia Station is no exception in this way.
As one of the few surviving stations of the late 19th century in the state, the Laconia Station is surprisingly well-preserved. The interior and exterior have both been kept well, including the exterior walkway that once protected the passengers of the Boston, Concord, and Montreal Railroad trains from the rain.
While the Laconia Station is characteristic of late 19th-century stations in its design, it is particularly notable in its scale. The Boston, Concord, and Montreal Railroad station, at the time led by director Charles A. Busiel, sought to conquer the Lakes Region of New Hampshire in order to win the business of the many travelers and businesses that were flooding into the region at the time. The railroad’s purchase by the Boston and Maine Railroad only a few years after the construction of the station only made their influence stronger.
Busiel would go on to serve Laconia as mayor and then serve the state of New Hampshire as Governor. His contributions to the Laconia area have been noted in numerous sources of the time and beyond, though the improvements to the state via his work in the railroad industry are widely regarded as most significant.
Considered an exciting and fashionable addition to the town of Laconia at the time, the Laconia Passenger Station now stands as a testament to the flairs of its time. Acting as a tribute to the preceding decade of architectural design, the Station eternalizes styles that have largely been lost in the area for the enrichment of both locals and visitors to the town. With its central location in town, even passers-by are able to catch a glimpse of a key piece of the region’s history.
SourcesNPS NRHP Documentation for Laconia Railroad Station. National Park Service. December 08, 1981. Accessed October 22, 2017. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/3c158f70-be48-41f6-ae1d-c6b9fe24c92d. Official NPS NRHP Nomination Forms for the Laconia Railroad Station
Laconia, NH 03246
This entry has been viewed 127 times within the past year