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Stoneham
Boston and Maine Railroad Depot, Stoneham MA.jpg
The former Stoneham station in June 2011
Location 36 Pine Street, Stoneham, Massachusetts
Line(s) Stoneham Branch
History
Opened 1862
Closed May 18, 1958
Rebuilt 1895
Boston and Maine Railroad Depot
Built 1895 (1895)
MPS Stoneham MRA
NRHP reference No. 84002510
Added to NRHP April 13, 1984

Stoneham station is a former train station in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Built in 1895 by the Boston and Maine Railroad, it is one of two surviving train stations in the town, and the only one still at its original site. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 as Boston and Maine Railroad Depot. It is now used for commercial purposes.

Description and history

Stoneham station 1913 postcard
1913 postcard of the station

The railroad depot is located two blocks east of its Central Square, at the northeast corner of Franklin and Pine Streets. It is a single-story brick building resting on a granite foundation, with a shallow-hipped roof whose extended eaves are supported by large brackets. The roof is pierced by cross gables which have fanlight windows that have been blocked up. It is oriented with its long facade facing Pine Street, with the former railroad right-of-way on the other side (now used for parking on this parcel, and not readily evident in adjacent parcels).

Stoneham's first railroad station was built at Farm Hill in 1861, and a wood-frame gambrel-roofed station was built on this site in 1863; both of these were built by the Boston and Lowell Railroad. The present station building was constructed in 1895 by the Boston and Maine, successor to the Boston and Lowell. It was estimated to cost $28,000 (equivalent to $730,000 in 2016). The Farm Hill station building still stands, but has been moved from its site to Central Street and converted into a residence. The railroad played an important role in Stoneham's transition from a modest industrial center to a commuter suburb of Boston.

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