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Putnam Railroad Station - Putnam CT
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 41° 54.875 W 071° 54.491
19T E 258818 N 4644382
Quick Description: The station was the third depot built and erected in 1905-1907 as a civic improvement project.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 3/14/2012 9:34:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMDZXF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Putnam Railroad Station is 1 1/2 story brick building completed in 1907. The former passenger station is located just west of the tracks of the Providence and Worcester Railroad in Putnam's downtown business district. The center part of the building has a gable roof with 2 gable dormers. At each end of the station is a hipped roof.

The overall appearance is Mediterranean created by red Spanish terra cotta tiles on the roofs. The use of Flemish-bond brickwork with burnt headers. leaded diamond pane casements for the dormer windiws and cream-colored terra cotta coping and dormer gagles seems to reflect a Tudor or Elizabethan influence.

The station has local historical significance because it recalls the importance of rail transportation in making Putnam into a small city and because for five decades the building serverd the commnunity as a major gateway to the larger world. Putnam was one of the first places in Connecticut where textile manufacturing took hold, but for years it was a series of discontigous mill villages rather than a single settlement with its own character.

The coming of the Norwich and Worcester Railroad in 1840 encourage the development of the area. In the 1870's the Boston to New York "Air Line" made Putnam into a rail junction. The station was the third depot built and erected in 1905-1907 as a civic improvement project.

In 1918, as part of the government take-over of the railroads during WWI, a new company, the Railway Express Agency, was organized, with its stock owned by three large express companies" Adams Express, American Express and Wells Fargo. In 1929, the REA were bought out by a consortium of the nation's major railroads.

The last day of regular passenger service was April 30, 1971.

Source: (visit link)
Street address:
35 and 45-47 Main St.
Putnam, CT

County / Borough / Parish: Windham

Year listed: 2007

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event

Periods of significance: 1950-1974, 1925-1949, 1900-1924

Historic function: Transportation

Current function: Commerce/Trade, Vacant/Not In Use

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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