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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.

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Author: 
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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-WE7.

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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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