Vintage Train Station
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Note: the watermark in the lower right does not appear in the final product.
An old train station with Victorian details in Vermont.
Photography by Edward M. Fielding
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The town of Windsor stretches along the Connecticut River’s western shore under the gaze of Mt. Ascutney, whose forested slopes have long inspired artists and played host to winter sports enthusiasts. The Windsor station is conveniently located just east of the intersection of Main and State Streets, the town’s principal thoroughfares that are lined with commercial and civic structures dating from the late 18th century to the present. Passengers await the Vermonter, which runs between St. Albans, Vt., and Washington, D.C., via New York and other major East Coast cities, on a platform adjacent to the historic depot which has been converted into a popular restaurant.
The depot displays a mix of architectural styles: the rounded-arch windows point to the Italianate; the fancy fretwork and sunburst motif woodwork in the gables is more characteristic of later Queen Anne tastes; and the overall massing is indicative of a vernacular version of the Romanesque Revival, especially popular in New England. Tying together the numerous arched windows and doors is a belt course. Highlighted through the use of a darker brown brick, it encircles the building at the base of the arches. Barre granite from Vermont was used for trim such as the window sills. Built to a standard design costing $10,000, the rectangular depot featured separate waiting rooms for men and women that reflected Victorian sensibilities about the mixing of the sexes in public places. Birch veneer seating and electric lights completed the thoroughly modern interior. The station was restored in the late 1970s and later converted into a restaurant.
October 1st, 2013
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