Scollay Square Station (north)

Scollay Square
Boston, Mass.

Year Built: 1898
Year Demolished: 1927

Built in 1898 and demolished in 1927. This building was about 50 yards away from the main Scollay Square (central) Station and related well to it architecturally. The use of buff granite overall linked the two structures, but more importantly, relating elements such as rounded bays, copper roofs and metal window coverings all carry over well to each other.

This building was demolished because Cambridge Street, the street on which the station sat, was widened and the station was said to obstruct vision from many angles. The new station was a short granite bunker-like structure that was removed in the urban redevelopment of Scollay Square into Government Center in the early 1960s.

Scollay Square Station and Adams Square Station were in the second group of stations designed for Bostonís new subway system. The first stations at Park Street and Boylston Street were designed by Wheelwright & Haven. By choosing to underwrite architect-designed structures such as these, the Boston Transit Commission was highlighting the social and economic prowess of Boston and the people it served.

Scollay Square Station and Adams Square Station were in the second group of stations designed for Bostonís new subway system. The first stations at Park Street and Boylston Street were designed by Wheelwright & Haven. By choosing to underwrite architect-designed structures such as these, the Boston Transit Commission was highlighting the social and economic prowess of Boston and the people it served.


References

• City Reports, City of Boston, Auditor's Report, 1898-1899, Adams and Scollay Square Stations, Charles Brigham, Architect, $2,500, p. 115.

• "Charles Brigham," MacMillan Encyclopedia of Architects, Adolph Placzek, entry written by Margaret Henderson Floyd, 1982, p. 288-9 (Scollay Square (north) Subway Station, 1897-1899, Charles Brigham architect).

• Annual Report of the Boston Transit Commission, 1898, pp. 7, 30, 31 and 64 and Plates 21, 21A and 26.

• Annual Report of the Transit Department of the City of Boston for the Year Ending December 31, 1927, p. 38.


Images


Annual Report of the Boston Transit Commission, 1898


The north building is the small building in the background.


The north building is the small building in the background.


The north building is the small building in the background.

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