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Though now appearing somewhat forlorn, the Chicago and Northwest Railroad Station at Alton presents a sophisticated image—c. 1915—that one often associates with suburban stations on Chicago's North Shore Line. The Alton station joins the image of the English cottage with the Craftsman aesthetic. On the first floor there are long bands of windows right beneath the soffit of the broad overhanging roofs. The second-floor gable ends are half-timbered, with stucco infills. The station is located at the east end of Twelfth Street. A few blocks away, on Sixth Avenue between Tenth and Eleventh streets, is a small, delightful Queen Anne cottage (c. 1880). The street elevation plays off a narrow, spindly porch on one side and a narrow bay on the other. In a rather odd fashion, the projecting bay and the porch are drawn together into a symmetrical composition by two gabled dormers which, with their small lunette windows, project from the steeply pitched hipped roof.

Writing Credits

Author: 
David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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