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Why Can't We Have Train Station Lounges Like in the '40s?

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Welcome back to Monochromes, a Friday mini-series wherein Curbed delves deep into the Library of Congress's photographic annals, resurfacing with an armful of old black-and-white photos of architecture and interior design of yesteryear. Have a find you want to share? Hit up the tipline.


It's already been established that public spaces (and college dorms!) of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, were unambiguously classier than their counterparts in the new millennium. Here's another example to add to the ever-growing index of proof: a pristine "service women's lounge," photographed in 1944, in Philadelphia's now-dunzo Broad Street Station. Spotted: a mirrored and wallpapered powder room, midcentury sofas, woven dining chairs, and floor-to-ceiling drapery.

The fate of such a stylish station? It closed in April 1952, and demolished shortly thereafter.

· Service Women's Lounge, Broad St. Station, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [Library of Congress]
· All Monochromes posts [Curbed National]
· All Dwelling posts [Curbed National]
· All 1940s posts [Curbed National]