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Boston Elevated Railroad station design competition drawings collection


This collection consists of four drawings submitted by Longfellow to the Boston Elevated Railroad Company's station design contest in 1898. The drawings won the competition. The collection includes two ink on linen views of the station and two presentation drawings of the station. Longfellow signed the drawings "Excelsior."


Collection Name
Boston Elevated Railroad station design competition drawings collection
Collection Code
Acquisition Type
Library & Archives Purchase
Physical Description
2 ink on linen
2 presentation drawings
4 architectural drawings
Collection Type
Architectural and Cartographic Materials
Description Level
Custodial History
These drawings were in private ownership until Historic New England purchased them.
Credit Line
Purchased with a bequest from David Cummings.
Reference Code

Historical/Biographical Note

In 1898, the Boson Elevated Railroad Company held a competition for the design of their island stations which was judged by William Robert Ware. Ten contestants submitted designs for stations that would cost no more than $10,000. These stations were for use along the the line running from Sullivan Square to Forest Hills, now called the Orange Line but referred to as the "Main Line El" at the time of the competition. Alexander W. Longfellow, Jr. submitted the drawings in this collection and won the competition. The line opened in 1901. Longfellow, nephew of the poet, was an influential Boston architect during the late 1800s.

O'Gorman, James F. "On the Boards." Philadelphia: University of Philadelphia Press (1989).

Record details

Longfellow, A. W. (Alexander Wadsworth), 1854-1934 (Architect)
Other Organizations
Boston Elevated Railway Company
Descriptive Terms
railroad stations
trains (vehicle groupings)
Material Type
architectural drawings (visual works)
presentation drawings (proposals)
This collection is available for research.
Related Items
Boston Transit Archive, 1895-1960s
Sketchbook, William Robert Ware, undated — William Robert Ware was the judge for the Boston Elevated Railroad station design competition.
Publications Referencing This Collection
O'Gorman, James F., Condon, Lorna, Monkhouse, Christopher P., Reed, Roger, Shettleworth, Earle G.. (2010). Drawing toward Home: designs for domestic architecture from Historic New England. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House Publishers.
O'Gorman, James F.. (1989.). On the boards: drawings by nineteenth-century Boston architects. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,.
Language Note
The materials are entirely in English.
Preferred Citation
[Item identification.] Boston Elevated Railroad station design competition drawings (AR024). Historic New England Library & Archives.
Processing Information
Finding aid prepared by Abigail Cramer, May, 2013.
Rules and Conventions
This finding aid is DACS compliant.

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