Union Elevated Railroad, Randolph-Wabash Avenue Station, Randolph Street & Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, IL
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Randolph Street & Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER IL-1-D
National Register Number: NR
Significance: One of the stations along the Union Elevated Railroad's Loop. The Loop is part of one of the oldest elevated rail systems still in operation in the United States. This station served an integral part in its operation. // Significant in the history of American industrial archaeology, the Union Loop Elevated is also important for its association with financier and traction magnate, Charles T. Yerkes and for its role in defining and shaping Chicago's downtown. According the Theodore Anton Sande, author or Industrial Archeology: A New Look at the American Heritage, to "the industrial archeologist, the Chicago Loop provides an ideal case study (1976, 113). Having made its first run in 1897, the Union Loop Elevated is one of only a few extant examples of transit systems that have remained in continuous operation for nearly a century. A "massive web of riveted steel girders and shining tracks," the Loop Elevated was designed by John Alexander Low Waddell, a Canadian-born engineer who played an important role in the history of American bridge design.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. Looking north on Wabash toward Madison and Randolf Sts. Stations.
2. Station platform looking north. Curve to Lake Street in background.
3. Station Entrance/
4. Curve from Wabash Ave. to Lake St. from station platform.
5. VIEW TO SOUTH. GROUND LEVEL. SUBSTRUCTURE AND FRAMING MEMBERS UNDERSIDE MEZZANINE CROSSOVER BRIDGE.
6. VIEW TO NORTH. FROM WEST PLATFORM LEVEL.
7. VIEW TO NORTH. FROM WEST PLATFORM. SAME AS IL-1D-3, AFTER TRAIN HAS DEPARTED EAST PLATFORM.
8. VIEW TO SOUTH, SOUTHEAST. INTERIOR WEST PLATFORM STATION HOUSE. LAYOUT OF TURNSTILES, TICKET BOOTHS AND PASSENGER SEATING.
9. VIEW TO SOUTH. ALONG EAST SIDE WABASH AVENUE, GROUND LEVEL. NORTHEAST STAIRCASE TO MEZZANINE LEVEL.
10. VIEW TO SOUTH. INTERIOR WEST PLATFORM STATION HOUSE.
11. VIEW TO WEST. EAST FACE EAST PLATFORM/STATION ALONG RANDOLPH STREET.
12. VIEW TO EAST. WEST FACE WEST PLATFORM/STATION ALONG RANDOLPH STREET.
13. VIEW TO SOUTH. ALONG SOUTH END WEST PLATFORM LOOKING TOWARD MADISON STREET STATION.
14. VIEW TO WEST, NORTHWEST. FROM GROUND LEVEL. EAST FACE MEZZANINE AND PLATFORM LEVEL DETAILS OF CONSTRUCTION METHODS AND MATERIALS.
15. VIEW TO EAST. FROM WEST PLATFORM DIRECTLY ACROSS TO EAST PLATFORM.
16. VIEW TO NORTH. ALONG WABASH AVENUE EAST GROUND LEVEL. PLATFORM AND PLATFORM EXTENSION.
17. VIEW TO SOUTH. EAST MEZZANINE LEVEL. SOUTHEAST STAIRCASE TO PLATFORM LEVEL.
18. VIEW TO SOUTH. ALONG WABASH AVENUE WEST GROUND LEVEL. INACCESSIBLE DOUBLE HEIGHT STAIRCASE TO PLATFORM IN FOREGROUND. NORTHWEST STAIRCASE TO MEZZANINE IN BACKGROUND. PROFILE WEST STATION HOUSE SOUTH FACE.
19. VIEW TO NORTH. ALONG WABASH AVENUE WEST GROUND LEVEL. PROFILE WEST STATION HOUSE SOUTH FACE. ELEVATION SOUTHWEST STAIRCASE TO MEZZANINE LEVEL.
20. VIEW TO EAST. NEAR SOUTHWEST INTERSECTION OF RANDOLPH AND WABASH. PROFILE WEST PLATFORM AND SOUTHWEST STAIRCASE. NEWS STAND IN FOREGROUND.
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