Station: Spring Street (IRT East Side Line)

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IRT East Side Line at Spring Street. Terra-cotta plaque, Heins & LaFarge/Atlantic Terra Cotta Company, 1904. Original design element, Contract 1 IRT. Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld, March 2005.

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Opened: 10/27/1904

Local station with two side platforms alongside four tracks, and one center disused trackway. Fare control is at platform level, and the station was not designed with a pedestrian underpass between the platforms. The station retains the typical large and small IRT mosaics in the original portion. The portion of the station added during the various platform lengthening projects has simple white tile.

The fifth center track, installed as part of the original construction and depicted in early publicity photos, is reported to have been disconnected by 1906. Its intended function is unclear. The locations of switches to and from this center track to the express tracks can be seen at one point along the center track walls. A mechanical room is now located in the trackway at the south end between the two express tracks.


  • Plaques: Small "S" cartouches. Atlantic Terra Cotta, 1904.
  • Name tablets: Two styles of mosaic tablet. Large original ones, Heins & LaFarge, 1904. Small ones not original. See photos below.
  • Other: Small "S" mosaics in tile band along tops of walls.

Photo Gallery

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Photo by: Wayne Whitehorne
Location: Spring Street

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
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Photo by: Harvard University/American Memory Collection
Collection of: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Location: Spring Street

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Photo by: Josh Lubchansky
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Collection of: Ed Levine
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Collection of: Ed Levine
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Collection of: Ed Levine
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Photo by: Roberto C. Tobar
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Photo by: Filip Matuska
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Photo by: Filip Matuska
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Photo by: Richard Panse
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Photo by: Mike L.
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Photo by: Mike L.
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