A Historic Headhouse
MBTA Shawmut Station
Architectural design for restoration of historic subway station headhouse and improvements to platforms
Shawmut Station on the MBTA’s Red Line is comprised of a 1927 neo-classical one-story brick headhouse with subsurface platforms set off a commercial street and nested within a middle-class residential neighborhood. C7A restored the historic headhouse, creating new vertical circulation to meet ADA requirements, coordinated the structural remediation and waterproofing, and upgraded the pedestrian pathways and landscape. The restored headhouse recalls the original design intent, adding two structural elements at each side for elevator access to the platform below. Landscaping of the approaches to the station provides buffers for sound while leaving the openness required for safety at night.
In “Beauty replaces Ugly,” blogger Candelaria Silva talks about the MBTA Fields Corner and Shawmut station renovations designed by architects Cambridge Seven Associates. “The new Field’s Corner and Shawmut Stations on the Red Line in Dorchester are great examples of …