Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Restored Train Depot, Jeffersonville, Indiana

Located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, this orphaned building is all that remains of a once bustling depot area.  Recently restored, it is in lovely shape and shows off what can be done when conservation and preservation are a community's objectives.

Front door, showing its original character and detailing.
For some reason, we have a certain fascination with railroad buildings large and small.  Decidedly utilitarian, they feature little flare and are of the simplest construction.  While not built from kits (to my knowledge), they all share similar characteristics and charms.

Side with, with compressor/pump for climate control.  This could be better integrated, but I'm not too bothered.

Old aerial photo, showing nasty building.  No railroad tracks run anywhere near the old depot. (Bing Maps image)
A few years ago, this building was basically in complete disrepair.  As seen in the photo, it was painted one solid color, and had boarded up windows.  The parking lot was useless, and it was a complete eyesore.  The community got together and restored the building, and today it looks pretty nice.

Side shot, showing the two color paint scheme, along with period trim and subtle gutters.
Most depots that we have seen share some basic and utilitarian similarities.  They have large and overhanging roofs, keeping rain water away.  They also are of a two-toned variety, in this case vertical and horizontal siding.  They are elevated high above the ground, often, and have large doors and windows.

Interior shot, showing original wood floors.
As we understand it, this building is used today for community and civic meetings.  It has been restored and conserved, but not heavily remodeled.  This building actually retains an original scale inside, for weighing freight goods.

Back door.  Modern electric outlet visible.
Back view, with greenspace.

A final, departing shot.  Note the handicapped spots and repaved lot.

We thank the city of Jeffersonville, Indiana for their efforts in preserving this neat old building.

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