Will other stations look like Granville?Patrick Barry, July 12, 2012
An obvious question, as the Granville station reopens at 10 p.m. Friday after a six-week rehab, is whether the other six stations that are part of the Red North project will sport a similar look.
Yes and no, says CTA spokesperson Catherine Hosinski. Some features will be similar throughout, but since the stations vary in the amount of repair needed, there will be differences as well.
Stainless steel stair railings will be installed at every station, a big improvement over the old steel railings that could never hold paint (and at some stations seemed ready to fall off the wall). Photos of the almost-ready Granville station, in fact, show quite a bit of stainless steel as railings, barriers and in the customer assistance booth. Stainless is easy to clean and doesn’t require paint.
Hosinski said that interior finishes and the color palette will be consistent, “for the most part,” across all the improved stations. We’ll need a closer look at Granville to know exactly what that means, but the CTA’s earlier photo set suggests light-colored walls, columns and ceilings with a more-durable finish at the base.
Stairs at Granville received only minor repairs, not a complete replacement, and other stations will get similar treatment, Hosinski said. And there won’t be any big surprises in terms of platform furniture. “The Granville station will continue to feature platform furniture similar to what was already in place and will have painted steel wind breaks,” Hosinski said. “All other stations will feature steel and teak wood platform benches and galvanized steel wind breaks.” All other stations will also get new pre-cast concrete platforms, like the one now being installed at Morse, to replace the old wood-plank versions.
Granville is different because it was completely rebuilt in 1980, while the others date back to the 1920s.
When it became evident last week that Morse is undergoing a complete gut renovation, we asked CTA if the other five stations will get the full treatment like Morse. Hosinski responded that the seven-station project is a design-build contract, and “therefore, specific details have not been finalized for all stations.” She said that “there are varied levels of repair needed” at the stations, but that rehab work in every case will target floors, the building envelope, walls, ceiling, station furniture, customer assistance booths and stationhouse doors.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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