talking about the new extension of the light rail line here in charlotte reminded me that i’d taken some pix of the salisbury, north carolina, amtrak station back in october when we were in salisbury for fred’s 40th college reunion. below is a pix of the entrance to the station.
above: another view of the base of the tower on the front of the building.
below is a sculpture that sits right out near the train tracks.
below is the identification plaque for the sculpture.
someone in the past had made an ambitious attempt at an herb garden in a little area on the station grounds, near the boarding platform. it’s in neglect now but the rosemary has thrived! see below.
below is another exterior area of the station.
we were not able to get inside the station but the entire place (both the buildings and the grounds) had a welcoming, human-scale feel.
the architecture has a strong mediterranean influence. (note the tiled roof, which must cost a fortune to keep in good repair.) i’ve been delighted over the past year by how much of that i’ve seen here in north carolina . (i love the south-of-france/greco-roman style of architecture; it’s both beautiful and practical.)
pretty clear that the entity that owns/operates the facility is struggling. the station is available for rent (think wedding receptions) and they’ve tried to do some “adaptive re-use” on the ground floor (offering space to retail businesses.) looked to me like someone had tried that (an antique store/boutique?) but failed — there was a “for rent” sign in the window.