"Before" photos: What will new Thorndale CTA station look like? Look to Morse rehab for clues

Since the CTA has been following a hurry-up “design-build” model on the rehab of seven north Red Line stations, its customers didn’t really know exactly what the results would be.

Maybe that’s why the fabulous look of the newly reopened Morse station was so jaw-droppingly awesome.

The gleaming new stationhouse and platform in Rogers Park at Morse and Glenwood also now become the gold standard for the renovation of the remaining five stations, including Thorndale, which will close at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

CTA President Forrest Claypool more or less promised earlier this week to meet that standard: “They [stations] are all a little different so the work will vary from station to station, but they are getting a roughly equal amount of focus, attention and capital.” And it seems likely that the stations will share a certain unity of design and materials, from the floor and wall treatments to the use of stainless steel fixtures.

So take a look at the photo gallery of “before” shots of Thorndale and see my predictions in the captions on what the rehab will look like. Then we’ll be back in just over six weeks to see if it meets the high Morse standard.


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  • Did you run into Dr. Hartley, or is he still using Isabella?

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  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Get the DVD of Season 1 of the original Bob Newhart Show, watch the opening credits & you'll understand jack's comment.
    Note the continuity mistakes.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    You don't even have to do that. It's on MeTV (Channel 23.1 or 26.3) often enough, although, during the Summer of Me, only 8:00 p.m. Monday. Even on the MeTVNetwork website.

    The later shows usually have a good shot of a 7400 series bus with a 1973 style 151 Sheridan Union Station sign in the transitions, and demonstrate that the apartment was at Thorndale South.

  • Maybe related to this topic is that Tracy of the RedEye said she took the Challenge for 145 stations. I suppose that the one closed for reconstruction doesn't count in the record book.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, in Tracy's case it counts because she did the challenge last Monday, when it was open.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    So, she must have miscounted. I thought there were 144 stations before Oakton and Morgan opened. She did mention Oakton.

  • In reply to jack:

    I believe the 144 number was before CTA closed the Washington Red Line station. Note here, where CTA mentions in the third graph from Facts at a Glance dated April 2011 that there were 143 stations.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Looking backwards, you did assert that Adham had the record for 143.

    I guess Emanuel should be disqualified for claiming that he visited 144 L stations during his campaign and promised to spruce up 100 out of 144. Sort of like a bad golf scorecard. You can Google that.

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