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The Trolley Stop

Lafayette College | Easton, PA
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Located at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, BKP designed the Trolley Stop, a full-service restaurant that welcomes college students and staff and all community members who want to enjoy a “home-style diner classic featuring ingredients from local farmers and makers from across the Lehigh Valley and Pocono Mountains.” BKP helped the college fulfill its goal of lowering the diner’s carbon footprint by incorporating sustainable design features. For example, the kitchen is outfitted with a biodigester that reduces 100 percent of the food waste from landfills. The bricks incorporated into the diner were salvaged from buildings previously located on the site.

The black and white porcelain tile floors create a pattern that helps define circulation and is reflected in the acoustical wood slat ceilings above. Additional acoustical treatment was given to the ceiling slab to provide a sound barrier between the busy diner and student dorm rooms above. Design features include all-gender restrooms and an exterior patio dining area.

Throughout the design process, BKP paid attention to the historical aspects of Easton and the Lafayette College campus. The diner’s name —the Trolley Stop —comes from the historic trolley that used to run up College Hill, celebrating the history of the Easton community. It was opened in 1888, making Easton the third city in the United States to get an electric trolley system after Scranton and Baltimore.


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  • Client

    Lafayette College

  • Cost

    $2 Million

  • Size

    4,600 square feet

Images © Jeffrey Totaro

“Love the historical aspects of Easton that are infused throughout the décor and the menu.”