72 Street Station – 7th Avenue Line, New York

November 2015: New Yorkers are always in a rush.  Jim and I spent a long weekend in New York in November and as visitors we could take our time and spent our days exploring.

There are so many examples of the old and the new.  The 72 Street – 7th Avenue Line “Control House”  opened  in 1904 and was part of the original Interborough Rapid Transit Company- the first subway system of New York.  When I looked up the history of this building I discovered the transit system chief engineer William Barklay Parsons traveled to Boston with Architect Christopher Lafarge to research transit systems.  Inspired by the entrances to the Tremont Street Subway , the architects: Heins & LaFarge worked to design the above ground portions of transit stops in New York reflecting the surrounding locations.  The station was substantially renovated  in 2002, but lucky for us the Control House still stands, as does ceramic tile detailing, wrought iron pillars and decorative ceiling elements.

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