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Alewife Station and Garage

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1985, Ellenzweig Associates. Alewife Brook Pkwy. at Cambridge Park Dr.
  • Alewife Station and Garage (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)
  • Alewife Station and Garage (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

The terminus of an expanded Red Line subway corridor, Alewife Station provides an intermodal transfer hub for Northwest Cambridge. Suburban commuters park in the massive garage, en route to work in the city. Initially located in an industrial no-man's land, the station facility has spurred development in this area of Cambridge. Throughout the Cambridge section of the new and restored Red Line stations, the Arts on the Line Program, created in 1978 by the Cambridge Arts Council and the MBTA, enriches the travel experience with installations making each station distinctive and recognizable. At Alewife, enrichments range from The End of the Red Line (1984, Alejandro and Moira Sina), one thousand suspended neon tubes that oscillate as the train arrives and leaves, to Joel Janowitz's Alewife Cows (1985), a floor-to-ceiling mural within the station that suggests the once agricultural landscape beyond, to Richard Fleischer's three-acre granite block and treed landscape (1985) that merges with the surrounding natural environment.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Alewife Station and Garage", [Cambridge, 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, 358-359.

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