Beverly Shores station
Beverly Shores in 1964
|Location||Broadway Avenue and US 12, Beverly Shores, Indiana|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Electrified||Yes (1500v DC)|
Beverly Shores South Shore Railroad Station
|Architect||Arthur U. Gerber
Leo W. Post
|Architectural style||Mediterranean Revival|
|NRHP reference #||89000411|
|Added to NRHP||July 19, 1989|
This is one of eleven such stations built along Insull lines, which included the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee line. Of the eleven, 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.
Beverly Shores station is one of the last two examples 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. The other is in Highland Park, IL, with the Briergate station but it is threatened with demolition . 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, Nellie Warren, and her husband 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.
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. The station was designed by architect Arthur Gerber and built by Leo W. Post in 1929 as a mirror image of the Lake Shore station built two years earlier and demolished in the 1970s.
The Beverly Shores station replaced an earlier structure serving the developing resort community of Beverly Shores on Lake Michigan. This is the last unaltered Insull Spanish style structure of the nine built on Samuel Insull's South and North Shore Lines. It still serves the 88-mile long South Shore Line, the last of the electric interurban railway systems. This station typifies Insull's interurban routes; it is the best representative of the South Shore Line's history.
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 Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Porter County Interim Report, Indiana Historic Sites, and Structures Inventory; Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, July 1991; pg 9
- Historic Marker on site
- Chicago Tribune article on Gerber's Briergate station
- Beverly Shores South Shore Railroad Station; Hisortic American Buildings Survey; Rpt IN-262, National Park Service, Washington D.C.
- "The Little Railroad That Could, The South Shore". www.monon.monon.org. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
- "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-06-01. Note: This includes Dorinda Partsch (August 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Beverly Shores South Shore Railroad Station" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-06-01. and Accompanying photographs.
- Media related to Beverly Shores station at Wikimedia Commons
- Beverly Shores Historical Society – Depot Art Gallery & Museum – official site
- South Shore Line – Stations