The West End Museum’s new photo exhibit, Before the El Came Down: Photographs by John Woolf, will offer a glimpse into the final days of the elevated green line tracks to visitors beginning July 24.
Opened on June 1, 1912, the Causeway Street Elevated Railway was one of the last sections of raised tracks constructed in Boston as part of the nation’s first subway system. By the time it was destroyed in 2004, only a short section of elevated railway at the Lechmere MBTA station remained.
Before the El Came Down: Photographs by John Woolf features vibrant digital photographs of the El taken on a single night just weeks before its demolition. The photos highlight the architecture of the El and North Station platform, as well as how those structures fit in among other neighborhood features and shops, such as Empire Photo, which has also since closed.
The exhibit will officially open on July 24 with a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The photos will then be on display during regular Museum hours, which are Tuesday – Friday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.