STYLE: Vernacular

Built between 1886 and 1891, this old telegraph office, now repurposed as the Amtrak waiting room, is an example of vernacular style.  This design was based on local needs, the availability of local materials, and is more a reflection of local craftsman and builders, rather than an architect.  Here, the gable roof with a sawtooth brick sting on the first level, with fish scale shingles on the gable ends, and with brackets supporting the overhanging roof, is a great example of local builders constructing a functional building for the railroad company, while also exhibiting local materials and styles.