Union Elevated Railroad, Randolph-Wells Street Station, Randall & Wells Street, Chicago, Cook County, IL
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Randall & Wells Street, Chicago, IL
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER IL-1-F
Building/structure dates: 1897 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1903 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1913 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1922 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1960 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1970 subsequent work
National Register Number: NR
Significance: 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.
Waddell, John Alexander Low.
Hedley, A. M.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. Wells and Lake Sts. crossing. Randolf St. Station is visible in lower center,
2. Randolf St. Station seen from the crossing of Wells and Lake Sts.
3. Randolf St. Station Platform looking south.
4. Under structure of Station Platform.
5. Station entrance showing steel structure and supports.
6. VIEW TO THE NORTH NORTHWEST FROM GROUND LEVEL. STRUCTURAL MEMBERS AT INTERSECTION OF RANDOLPH-WELLS STREET.
7. VIEW TO SOUTH FROM GROUND LEVEL. NORTH SIDE OF ORIGINAL STATION.
8. GENERAL VIEW TO NORTH NORTHWEST. EXTENSION SOUTHEAST STAIRCASE.
9. VIEW TO EAST. WEST SIDE OF STATION EXTENSION.
10. GENERAL VIEW TO WEST. WEST SIDE EXTENSION TICKET BOOTH AND TYPICAL CANOPY.
11. GENERAL VIEW TO SOUTH. WABASH LINE FROM PASSENGER TRANSFER BRIDGE.
12. GENERAL VIEW TO WEST. EAST SIDE OF STATION EXTENSION.
13. GENERAL VIEW TO SOUTHEAST. EAST STATION EXTENSION PASSENGER CANOPY.
14. GENERAL VIEW TO EAST FROM STREET. PORTION ORIGINAL WEST STATION WEST SIDE.
15. VIEW TO EAST. WEST SIDE OF ORIGINAL EAST STATION.
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