Boston Elevated Railroad station design competition drawings collection

Collection Type

  • Architecture





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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."


Descriptive Terms

railroad stations
trains (vehicle groupings)
presentation drawings (proposals)
architectural drawings (visual works)

Physical Description

4 architectural drawings
2 ink on linen
2 presentation drawings

Custodial History

These drawings were in private ownership until Historic New England purchased them.

Collection Code


Collection Name

Boston Elevated Railroad station design competition drawings collection

Reference Code


Acquisition Type

Library & Archives Purchase

Credit Line

Purchased with a bequest from David Cummings.

Record Details


Longfellow, A. W. (Alexander Wadsworth), 1854-1934 (Architect)

Material Type

presentation drawings (proposals)
architectural drawings (visual works)

Other Organizations

Boston Elevated Railway Company


This collection is available for research.

Publications Referencing This Collection

O'Gorman, James F.. (1989.). On the boards: drawings by nineteenth-century Boston architects. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,.
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.

Description Level


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.

Related Items

Boston Transit Archive, 1895-1960s
Sketchbook, William Robert Ware, undated

Historical/Biographical Note

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).