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CTA begins work to renovate the Loop’s historic Quincy ‘L’ station

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The 120-year-old wood and metal station will be restored and brought up to full ADA compliance

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After announcing an overhaul of one the oldest and best preserved first generation ‘L’ stations back in June, the CTA is ready to begin work on the historic Quincy stop in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. According to Chicago Architecture Blog, the $18 million project was granted its first construction permit on Friday. The work will bring the aging station to full ADA compliance with the installation of two elevators, an accessible covered walkway, new exit stairs, better lighting, and modifications to the existing platforms.

Designed by architect Alfred M. Hedley in 1897, the old elevated stop was penned in the Neoclassical style with Palladian influences and features original woodwork and pressed tin walls. Included in the American Institute of Architects’ list of "150 Great Places in Illinois," the structure has seen few changes during its 120-year history. Serving the Brown, Orange, Pink, and Purple Lines and located not far from Chicago’s Union Station, the revamped Quincy station should help the CTA achieve its goal of being 100% accessible by 2036.

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