Wellesley Hills (MBTA station)

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WELLESLEY HILLS
Wellesley Hills station.jpg
Wellesley Hills Station platform, facing the Cliff Road bridge.
Station statistics
Address 339 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-6201
Coordinates 42°18′37″N 71°16′37″W / 42.3102°N 71.2770°W / 42.3102; -71.2770Coordinates: 42°18′37″N 71°16′37″W / 42.3102°N 71.2770°W / 42.3102; -71.2770
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking 51 spaces, $4.50 each
Other information
Opened 1885
Owned by MBTA
Fare zone 3
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Worcester
Framingham/Worcester Line
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Worcester
Worcester Line
toward Boston

Wellesley Hills is a historic passenger rail station on MBTA Commuter Rail's Framingham/Worcester Line.[1] It is located at 339 Washington Street (MA 16) in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Parking is limited to 51 spaces, and is owned and maintained by the City of Wellesley.

History[edit]

Wellesley Hills station was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson in 1885 for the Boston & Albany Railroad,[2] and was the last in a series of stations designed by Richardson, all featuring rough-cut light colored stone with dark stone trim around windows and doors, slate roofs, and varying amounts of decorative dark stone carvings.[2] As a B&A station, it originally served both commuter trains in the Boston Metropolitan Area and long distance trains toward Albany, New York. Though the platforms are still active for railroad service today, the station house is currently occupied by two private businesses; An art gallery,[3] and a dry cleaning store. The portion facing the street has been renovated and the original roofing has been removed,[4] however the sides and back of the building have been preserved, though the windows are boarded up and large air conditioning units have been installed.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MBTA official website
  2. ^ a b # Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, H.H. Richardson: Complete Architectural Works, MIT Press, Cambridge MA 1984
  3. ^ AZ Fine Arts
  4. ^ AZ Fine Arts - About Us
  5. ^ Richardson stations

External links[edit]

Worcester-bound platform, showing the station house and parking lot across the tracks.