Wednesday, July 11, 2018

State Street Subway


Xzvier Quintana posted
A cross section of the twin tubes that will carry the State Street subway under the Chicago River moments before they were sealed and floated away from the south Chicago dock in August 1939. (Vintage Tribune)

Screenshot @ -2:10 from posting
CTA from BlockClubChicago, an article with lots of info and more photos

Roger Wilhelmi posted

You can tell this card is old because the postage is one cent. The text on the backside reads: "CUT-AWAY VIEW OF CHICAGO'S SUBWAY IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT  Shown are the main tubes; the downtown center platform, which is 3500 feet long; the two-way escalators to the mezzanines with store connections; and the State St. surface level. Features of the subway are ventilation, illumination, escalators, safety, comfort."

Marty Swartz posted
Cross-Section Rendering of State St. Subway (1941)
Postcards were issued in the 1940s to promote the new subways being opened under State and Dearborn Streets. This 1941 sketch was one of the images published and is an artist's rendering of what the State Street Subway, still under construction, might look like once opened. The view depicts a cross-section of the street, mezzanine and subway platforms and tubes with crowds of people filling sidewalks on State Street above as well as taking advantage of direct retail connections from the station complex.
The specific location depicted here (one can deduce the location easily, with the flagship The Fair store on the left and The Palmer House on the right) is a view looking north on State from Adams. The subway mezzanine in view is the Monroe-Adams mezzanine (still today an entrance to the Monroe station on the Red Line) and the train in the tunnel is drawn as a Shoppers' Special--the name for certain express services run from several 'L' branches to the Loop, catering to mid-day shopping trips to downtown during that era.
Certain details of the finished design would change for various reasons, including materials issues related to World War II, but the detailed image is remarkably close to what the finished stations would look like. Interestingly, the subway cars the artist drew are basically of then-new, experimental "Bluebird" cars which had recently been put into service onto the BMT lines of the New York City Subway. The Bluebird model cars (or similar) were under consideration for purchase here in Chicago, at the time.

David Daruszka posted
Michael Milner The longest railway platform in North America on the line.

Lawrence Shoop posted
State street construction of subway temporary streetcar tracks taken in 1940.
Larry Socki No safety devices , hard hats , cones , safety netting , all though two guys leaning on a railing might be attempting block off the hole in the street for safety. Ah the good old days.
Jeff Hill Wow, even in 1940 you'd think they'd have at least fenced it off and not let people wander haphazardly through the work site. Oh well, they got it done anyway....

David Daruszka posted
Happy 76th birthday State Street Subway. [Oct 16, 2019]
David Sadowski Read all about it in my Arcadia book Building Chicago's Subways.
David Daruszka
Mitch Markovitz The Rapid Transit was really a railroad back then.

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