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MTA’s East 180th Street Station Earns Prestigious Design Award for Architectural Firm

East 180th st. station
East 180th st. station

Rehab's been good for the East 180th Street station in more ways than one. 

The New York State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has honored Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects, designer of the East 180th Street rehabilitation, with a 2014 Excelsior Award celebrating design and professional excellence for publicly-funded buildings.

This is the first year for this award which “seeks to provide a model of excellence for future state-funded building and design and professional practice and advocacy.”Major portions of the East 180th Street rehabilitation included the refurbishment of the mezzanine passage with new tile work and ornamental mosaic bands and the introduction of mosaic panels designed under the guidance of the MTA’s Arts for Transit program. The station was originally built in 1912 and served as the administration building of the New York Westchester and Boston Railway.  After the completion of a ground up rehabilitation, the station was rededicated in 2012 to wide public acclaim.

The two-year, $66.5 million project breathed new life into the unique subway station that serves the 2 Subway Line Icon and 5 Subway Line Icon lines and is a major link to two major Bronx attractions -- the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens.  The structure is a handsome example of early 20th century architectural design that has long stood as a community landmark. 

The stucco, red terra-cotta tiled-roof building boasts a pair of four story towers, entry courtyard and a handsome clock, which replicates the original timepiece in place when the structure was built. The building was designed with arches and balconies that give it the distinct look of an Italian villa.  On the exterior is a restored plaque topped with the head of Mercury, the Roman god of transportation.

The Dyre Avenue Line (Northern segment of 5 Subway Line Icon  line) was once part of an electrified commuter railway connecting the south Bronx with White Plains and Port Chester, in Westchester County.

Owned by the New Haven Railroad, the New York Westchester and Boston Railway was short lived, in service only between 1912 and 1937.  New York City took ownership of the Bronx portion of the line in 1940 and tied into the IRT at East 180th Street.