Beverly Shores (NICTD station)

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Beverly Shores
Beverly Shores NICTD P4080031.jpg
Spanish Eclectic Station
Station statistics
Address Broadway Avenue and US 12, Beverly Shores, Indiana
Line(s)
Connections Calumet Trail
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Electrified Yes (1500v DC)
Owned by NICTD
Fare zone 7
Services
Preceding station   NICTD   Following station
South Shore Line
Beverly Shores South Shore Railroad Station
Beverly Shores (NICTD station) is located in Indiana
Beverly Shores (NICTD station)
Coordinates 41°40′24″N 86°59′9″W / 41.67333°N 86.98583°W / 41.67333; -86.98583Coordinates: 41°40′24″N 86°59′9″W / 41.67333°N 86.98583°W / 41.67333; -86.98583
Built 1929 (1929)
Architect Arthur U. Gerber
Leo W. Post
Architectural style Mediterranean Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 89000411[1]
Added to NRHP July 19, 1989

Beverly Shores is a station in Beverly Shores, Indiana, called on by South Shore Line trains. The station also serves the nearby Town of Pines. It is a flag stop.

This is one of nine such stations built along Insull lines, which included the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee line.[2] Of the nine, only this station and the North Shore Line's Briergate station still exist. The Mediterranean Revival Style was used for a series of buildings adjacent to the station, including the Bartlett Real Estate Office.[3]

Beverly Shores Station is the last example of the "Insull Spanish" architecture style used for station houses along the electric railroad lines acquired by Samuel Insull in the first part of the twentieth century. It was a Mediterranean Revival style designed by Insull's staff-architect, Arthur U. Gerber.[4] The station is served by daily passenger trains of the South Shore Line. Although freight trains pass daily in either direction, no freight service is offered from this location. The station housed an agent at one time. This section is now an art gallery. The most notable characteristic of the station, aside from the Spanish style, is the large neon sign reading "Beverly Shores".

The station house is located north of the track. There is a rudimentary paved platform structure directly in front of it. A small parking lot is located right behind the depot.

History[edit]

Side view with sign for art museum, and NRHP plaque.

The South Shore line began in 1901 as the Chicago and Indiana Air Line Railway. It was incorporated in 1925, when several stations were added, including the Beverly Shores Station at Broadway and another at Central Avenue.[4] The station was designed by architect Arthur Gerber and built in 1929.

Before 1946, a large neon sign was added to the roof. The sign is owned by the town of Beverly Shores and leased to the railroad until November 2034. The land is owned by the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), who leases it to the railroad on a 99 year lease that began in August 1929. The building is owned by the South Shore Railroad.[4]

On July 19, 1989, the Beverly Shores Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Porter County Interim Report, Indiana Historic Sites,and Structures Inventory; Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, July 1991; pg 9
  3. ^ Historic Marker on site
  4. ^ a b c Beverly Shores South Shore Railroad Station; Hisortic American Buildings Survey; Rpt IN-262, National Park Service, Washington D.C.

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