AKA: Southern Pacific Railroad Station, Burlingame, CA; Southern Pacific Railroad Terminal, Burlingame, CA

Structure Type: built works - infrastructure - transportation structures - railroad stations

Designers: Howard and Mathison, Architects (firm); George H. Howard (architect); Joachim B. Mathison (architect)

Dates: constructed 1894

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Burlingame Avenue and California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010

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Considered by some to have been the first permanent building executed in the Mission Revival Style, it served early commuters from San Francisco, CA, who built summer houses on the San Francisco Peninsula in the late-19th century. The Burllingame Southern Pacific Depot began operations on 10/10/1894, financed by contributions from the nearby Burlingame Country Club, formed in 1893. Architect George H. Howard (1864-1935) and his partner, Joachim B. Mathisen (d 1896), designed the structure. Howard, who was an established part of high society in San Francisco and Burlingame, CA, came from a line of local landowners, and was member of the Burlingame Country Club. Howard also designed its first clubhouse.

At this time, interest in the California missions history and architecture increased, as Californians searched for local buildings on which to base an indigenous style. This California Style or Mission Style was seen by some as reflecting the state's new cultural maturity. Apparently, the architects had tiles removed from the Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon, CA, and the Mission Dolores Asistencia, San Mateo, CA, to be reused on the depot's roof, adding an air of authenticity to the design.

National Register of Historic Places (April 19, 1978): 78000769 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 4724