BNHA Pennsylvania Station


Baltimore City Landmark

National Register of Historic Places

Interpretive Framework

Shaping a Monumental City: The City’s Growth in the 20th Century

Star Attractions

Charles Street Byway

Cultural Walk

Resource Type

Points of Interest

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Penn Station is Baltimore’s primary railroad station. The building, designed by Kenneth Murchison in the Beaux Arts style, was constructed in 1911 for the Pennsylvania Railroad. At that time, competing rail lines operated at least five other stations in Baltimore (others included Calvert Station, Camden Station, Mount Royal Station, Hillen Station, and President Street Station). With the consolidation and merger of the rail lines, Penn Station became the main terminal for the city. Penn Station is served by Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and commuter trains to Washington, D.C.

The 51-foot brushed aluminum sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky, titled “Male/Female,” stands in the station’s front plaza. A gift from the Municipal Arts Society, it features a pulsating LED where the two figures intersect. Every 60 seconds, the LED emits light in “spiritual energy” colors ranging from cobalt blue to bright pink.