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Coolidge Corner Trolley Shelters

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1902. Beacon at Harvard St.
  • Coolidge Corner Trolley Shelters (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

The only surviving original trolley shelters in the Boston area, these two stations, with their charming horizontal overhanging red tile roofs, add to the image of Coolidge Corner (BR12) as an upscale shopping area. With only three walls, the shelters are exposed on the side of the train tracks and lined with benches along the interior. Despite this convenience, soon after the shelters were built most area residents would own private cars and not use the trolley system. MBTA restored both structures in 1999–2000.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Coolidge Corner Trolley Shelters", [Brookline, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 499-499.

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