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M. S. & N. I. & C. & Pc. R.R. DEP
Chicago: Jevne & Almini, 1866. Hand-coloured lithograph. Image size: 8 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches; Sight size: 11 1/8 x 13 3/4 inches, In gold frame, with hand-painted French mat. Framed size: 18 7/8 x 22 1/8 inches. From the superb series of views of pre-Great Fire ChicagoChicago Illustrated: 1830-1866consisted of drawings and lithographs by Louis Kurz and depicted the major buildings of the burgeoning Chicago. Because of the devastating fire of 1871, these views turned out to be particularly important historically."This imposing building was commenced on the 16th of April, 1866, and is now completed. It is of the Franco-Italian style. The building measures 542 feet by 160 feet; these measurements are exclusive of the outside platforms from which are under the general roof-the total width being 180 feet. The central or great roof over the tracks is 132 feet span; the side platforms are 27 feet wide, and the central one 16 feet. There are three tracks for departing trains, and two for trains arriving. The height of the roof is 60 feet from the platforms... ""Each of the several [railroad] companies using this depot has its baggage rooms, oil and lamp rooms, conductors room, and large waiting apartments for ladies and gentlemen. There are rooms, also, for second class passengers, and emigrants, provided with all conveniences." (from James W. Sheahan's original text in Chicago Illustrated).
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