Inside the tunnel

Inside the tunnel

Hilary was among the lucky people who got to take a tour of the abandoned trolley tunnel under City Hall, built in 1898. She took plenty of photos of the tunnel and the remains of a trolley station down there.

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Tunnels under Boston

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Nice tour but nothing compared to the abandoned subway tunnels under Tremont street or as majestic as Steinhart Hall.

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No

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It will never re-open. Not without big money to add egress. That article is misleading.

Current configuration does not allow for public use. Too few fire exits and egress from the theatre.

It could be done, would cost a developer a semi fortune to do.. but so few have interest in doing so. And once they get a price tag to do so, it gets dropped. Probably the case here.

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Thanks

It seems like a neat space, but yeah, probably not worth the money to bring up to code.

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Steinhart Hall

That's one space I'd love to be able to tour sometime. I think it was featured on a local tv broadcast (Chronicle, maybe?) a few years ago.

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Good point

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Yeah, it's interesting that there's no graffiti in the tunnel - now that at least 100 more people know exactly where it is, I wonder if that will change. Given that it's under City Hall Plaza and behind what I assume is usually a locked door, it's probably hard to get into.

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Mystery solved!

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So, THIS is where Charley ended up!

We can now 'learn' his fate and put closure on that sordid episode in Boston history!

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Old City Hall?

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Or New City Hall (aka Scollay Under)?

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New City Hall

See earlier posts. This was a one-way trolley tunnel (northbound only) which was abandoned when the Green Line was realigned during construction of Government Center in the early 1960s.

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Also "Scollay Upper" (is that a thing?)

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They actually realized yesterday during the tour that part of this tunnel was used as an extension of the Scollay Station platform towards the end of that station's lifetime (there are platform markings on the ground, under a layer of dirt that got scuffed away). This tunnel is on the same level as the Green Line in next-door Government Center station, so it wouldn't have been Scollay Under.

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Interesting - they may have

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Interesting - they may have gotten things mixed up. While the sheet doesn't specifically say it was a subway tunnel under Brattle Street (just that there was a route there, which could mean surface), I recall Joe Bagley, the city archaeologist, referring to it yesterday as a "lost tunnel."

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The shirt turn loop that

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The shirt turn loop that allows trolleys from Lechmere to turn at Government Center is still called "The Brattle Loop".

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From the Department of

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From the Department of Pedantry: that's Cornhill, not Cornhill street.

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