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Frankfurt Railway Station : Architecture
Modern Transportation Building in Hesse, mid Germany
Frankfurt Railway Station Building
Dates built: 1883-88
Location: west side of city centre
The station was built by the contractor Philipp Holzmann with construction starting in 1883. The Central-Bahnhof Frankfurt was finally opened on 18 August 1888. Right on the evening of the opening day, a train ran over the buffer stop and the locomotive was damaged.
Over the course of the next few years, the area to the east of the new station, the Bahnhofsviertel, was built; it was completed around 1900. Until the completion of Leipzig Hauptbahnhof in 1915, Frankfurt station was the largest in Europe. As of today (2014), the 24 platforms with 26 tracks on one level probably make it the world’s largest one-level railway hall.
In 1924 two neoclassical halls were added on each side of the main hall, increasing the number of platforms to 24. During World War II, the building was partly damaged (most notably the windows in the halls covering the platforms).
In 1956 the station was fully electrified. One year later, Europe’s then-largest signal box was commissioned, which, having been built in a contemporary style of the time has now become a listed building.
Frankfurt Station Building images by adrian welch available upon request:
photos 1280×1024 pixels, 72dpi
Location: Frankfurt, Germany, Europe
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