Dearborn Station in Chicago

Photo of Dearborn Station in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Dearborn Station in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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Dearborn Station
Also known as:Dearborn Street Station

47 West Polk Street, Chicago, Illinois, South Loop 60605
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  This building was not much loved during its long career as an active railroad station; S. J. Perelman's 1937 comments on a change of trains in Chicago probably reflect the general attitude toward the oldest and shabbiest of Chicago's termini: "With only two hours in Chicago I would be unable to see the city, and the thought drew me into a state of composure. I noted with pleasure that a fresh coat of grime had been given to the Dearborn Street station, though I was hardly vain enough to believe that it had anything to do with my visit." The station's original peaked roof (including an extension of the tower) was lost in a fire in 1922, and replaced with a flat roof that left the building looking somehow incomplete.. Around 1950, there was a rather bland interior modernization, whch did provide one amenity popular with rail buffs: a second-floor waiting room with large windows looking out into the trainshed, which remained fairly busy well into the 1960's. Passenger service ended in 1971, when Amtrak, at its inception, moved all surviving service from Dearborn to Union Station.I'm pleased that, against the odds, the headhouse, minus the grime, has been preserved as a visual focus and symbol of the Printing House Row neighborhood.

Alan Follett - Monday, September 3rd, 2012 @ 11:06am