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Charles/Massachusetts General Hospital MBTA Station

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1931–1932, R. Clipston Sturgis; 2007, Elkus/Manfredi Architects with HDR Engineering. Charles Circle at Cambridge St.

The Charles Street stop of the Red Line has long presented a logistical barrier for handicapped patients visiting the adjacent Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. With modification in 2007, that problem has been partially eliminated. Originally designed in a modified Art Deco style in 1932, the cast-stone head house was modified in the 1960s and demolished for the most recent expansion. Fortunately, the handsome copper-clad platform windscreens that connect to the Longfellow Bridge have been preserved. Elkus/Manfredi created a larger head house east of the original location, matching the green-tinted glass walls to the aged copper panels and then opening a clear-glass dramatic view up Charles Street for patrons as they descend from the station. Although an escalator and elevator have been added, circulation remains a problem. Handicapped riders still have to negotiate the busy traffic on Cambridge Street to reach the hospital complex or the Charles Street shopping district and Beacon Hill.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Charles/Massachusetts General Hospital MBTA Station", [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, 98-98.

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