Beverly Shores (NICTD station)
Spanish Eclectic Station
|Address||U.S. Highway 12 and Broadway Street
Beverly Shores, Indiana
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Electrified||Yes (1500v DC)|
Beverly Shores South Shore Railroad Station
|Location||Broadway Avenue and US 12, Beverly Shores, Indiana|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Arthur U. Gerber
Leo W. Post
|Architectural style||Mediterranean Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||89000411|
|Added to NRHP||July 19, 1989|
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. 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.
Built in 1929 to serve the Beverly Shores community. The South Shore line began in 1901 as the Chicago and Indiana Air Line Railway. It was incorporated in 1925. As part of the reorganization in 1925, several stations were added, including the Beverly Shores Station at Broadway and another at Central Avenue. 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.
National Register of Historic Places
The station was designed by architect Arthur Gerber and built in 1929. The Mediterranean Revival Style was used for a series of buildings adjacent to the station, including the Bartlett Real Estate Office. This is one of nine such stations built along Insull lines, which included the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee line. Of the nine, only this station and the North Shore Line's Briergate station still exist. On July 19, 1989, the Beverly Shores Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
After the beginning of the new century, the building was rehabilitated. Most of the building was converted into an art museum and shop operated by the Beverly Shores Historical Society. It is open seasonally (April–October) and then only mid-day twice a week. The old waiting room is open to the public throughout the year. It contains several benches, a bathroom and an information stand.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Beverly Shores South Shore Railroad Station; Hisortic American Buildings Survey; Rpt IN-262, National Park Service, Washington D.C.
- Historic Marker on site
- Porter County Interim Report, Indiana Historic Sites,and Structures Inventory; Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, July 1991; pg 9
- Sign in the front door.
- Media related to Beverly Shores (NICTD station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Beverly Shores Historical Society - Depot Art Gallery & Museum - official site
- South Shore Line - Stations
- Picture of Beverly Shores Station
- Photos of trains operating near Beverly Shores
- Beverly Shores Station (Michigan Passenger Stations)
- Station from Broadway from Google Maps Street View