Wednesday, August 17, 2011

That's no Burger King, that's a...

...train station?

Should you find yourself to be driving on South Street in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, you might find yourself passing Depot Street. Should you look down it, you might notice a very unusual building. It's the fanciest Burger King you ever saw.

(From Wikimedia Commons; click for filepage)

Why such a fancy restaurant in a blue-collar town? It didn't start out life as a fast joint. This is the original Old Colony Railroad depot, dating from 1893. (The new commuter rail station, from 1997, is half a mile south.) It was designed by Bradford Gilbert, who designed a number of well known buildings, including a version of Grand Central Terminal that was demolished to make way for the current building.

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