CTA to Relocate Historic Stationhouse

CHICAGO — The Chicago Transit Authority will relocate the existing historic stationhouse at Fullerton from 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 until 5 a.m. on Friday, May 11.

Rail service will not be affected; however, Fullerton Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Sheffield and Halsted. CTA’s #74 Fullerton bus will be temporarily rerouted eastbound via Sheffield, Webster, Lincoln, Sheffield and Fullerton then resume the regular route.

The stationhouse will be temporarily stored nearby until the work to install it at its permanent location is completed. The historic stationhouse will be refurbished and opened as an auxiliary entrance/exit for customers in 2009. A new accessible stationhouse will be constructed in its place as part of the Brown Line capacity expansion project.

In addition to a new stationhouse, renovations at Fullerton station include brighter lighting, tactile edging and accessible turnstiles, realignment of tracks to allow for elevator installation, and upgrading the public address system. Platforms will be expanded to accommodate eight-car trains instead of the six-car trains currently in use to allow more customers to board.

The historic Fullerton stationhouse opened in June 1900 as part of the Northwestern Elevated Railroad. It was designed by William Gibb and is constructed of brick with terra-cotta trim and has an overall Classical Revival design with Italianate details, such as the columns and segmented arched windows.

For more information on the Brown Line capacity expansion project visit www.ctabrownline.com, or CTA’s web site at www.transitchicago.com.

— Spcial to Railfanning.org News Wire