Batavia Depot Museum

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Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Depot
Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Depot (Batavia, IL) 01.JPG
Location Batavia , Kane County, Illinois, USA
Coordinates 41°51′5.22″N 88°18′37.43″W / 41.8514500°N 88.3103972°W / 41.8514500; -88.3103972Coordinates: 41°51′5.22″N 88°18′37.43″W / 41.8514500°N 88.3103972°W / 41.8514500; -88.3103972
Built 1854
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Batavia Park District
NRHP Reference # 79000842 [1]
Added to NRHP June 6, 1979

The Batavia Depot Museum is a museum in Batavia, Illinois that was once the town's Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Depot. It was the first of many depots built by the company.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

History[edit]

The Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) was established in the 1850s to rival the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad (C&GU). The new railroad was constructed due to growing concern that the cities of Batavia and Aurora would have an economic downfall since the C&GU bypassed both settlements. The railroad station in Batavia was the first constructed by the CB&Q, and as such, the company took extra care to make it stand out architecturally.

Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Depot (Batavia, IL) 04.JPG

The wood structure stands two stories tall with red, vertical panels. Originally 22 by 45 feet (6.7 by 13.7 m), a four-room extension was added to the ground floor in 1868. The main structure has a gable roof with Gothic brackets while the extension has a flat roof. The station was later abandoned by the CB&Q, who preferred to maintain only a direct route through Aurora. The station was moved to its current location in 1973 in an effort to preserve it. Renovations were made to restore the building to its 1919 appearance (which was likely very similar to the original). The building was placed on a new cinder block foundation. The new lot also had a basement for a furnace to keep the building open during the winter. The Fox River now lies to the building's east. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 1979.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form" (PDF). HAARGIS Database. Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 

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