The bus station replaced a number of sidewalk bus loading areas that existed in the 166-167th Street area of Washington Heights with comfortable and convenient facilities for bus passengers.
The George Washington Bridge Bus Station features the first example in the United States of the work of Dr. Pier Luigi Nervi, the noted Italian engineer-architect of the 1960 Olympic Stadium in Rome and other world-renowned structures.
The bus station’s concrete roof, designed by Dr. Nervi, comprises 26 triangular sections poured in place, 14 of which slope upward from a row of columns in the center of the building. Each triangular 92-by-66-foot section is made of 25 concrete panels. The sides of the raised roof sections and of the bus station itself are exposed concrete structural members forming openings to facilitate ventilation of the bus platforms and the expressway beneath the building. These concrete supporting members complement the design of the steel cross-bracing in the George Washington Bridge towers.
The bus station received the Concrete Industry Board’s 1963 award as the structure in the metropolitan area that represents the best in conception, originality and applicability of concrete, both in design and construction.
The George Washington Bridge Bus Station opened on January 17, 1963.