CASO Station | North American Railway Hall of Fame
The North America Railway Hall of Fame is the main part of the cultural space at the Canada Southern Station. Built in 1871–1873, the Station has been a prominent landmark of the city of St. Thomas for over a century.
The Canada Southern Station (CASO Station) in St Thomas was the largest of 31 railway stations built in Ontario during the 1870s by the Canada Southern Railway Company (CSR). The station was constructed between June 1871 and April 1873.
The CASO Station was remarkably large for a town the size of St Thomas (the community didn’t become a city until 1881). However, the building needed to be big enough to accommodate both the town’s passenger station (ground floor) and the corporate headquarters of CSR (upper floor).
The building’s grandeur was impressive. The 1882 publication Picturesque Canada reported that the station was “one of the finest in the Dominion, and reminds one of the large structures in Chicago and New York.”
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