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Ruggles Station, Orange Line

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1988, Stull and Lee.
  • Ruggles Station, Orange Line (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

The Ruggles Station is one of the hubs of the extended Orange Line, replacing the Washington Street Elevated, built in 1901. From Back Bay to Forest Hills, the eight-station line runs 4.7 miles along a sunken railroad bed across town and parkland. Each MBTA line has a different aesthetic, designed with reference to its surroundings. The Orange Line is high tech, with surfaces that are rough, cold, and hard-edged, denoting a machine age aesthetic. A grand arched tubular framed entrance to the Ruggles Avenue T, at the edge of a large parking area with a covered pedestrian concourse, connects and separates the grounds of Northeastern University from Roxbury to the south.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Ruggles Station, Orange Line", [Boston, 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, 187-187.

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