Depot Historic District (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Depot Historic District
Former Union Station in Raleigh's Depot Historic District
|Location||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Area||21 acres (8.5 ha)|
|Architect||Milburn, Heister and Co.; Fitzhugh Ricks|
|Architectural style||Other, Art Deco|
|NRHP Reference #||02000946|
|Added to NRHP||September 6, 2002|
The Depot Historic District is an industrial and commercial neighborhood in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina that was the city's railroad and warehouse distribution hub from the 1850s to 1950s. Located two blocks west of Fayetteville Street and to the north and east of the Norfolk and Southern railroad tracks, the district contains four blocks of 35 brick buildings that date from the 1880s to early 1950s. The district encompasses the southwestern portion of Raleigh's original 1792 town plan and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Nash Square, one of four parks in the city's original plan, is located on the northern edge of the Depot District. The square's Beaux-Arts walkways and gates offer a stark contrast to the surrounding industrialism. Raleigh's former Union Station sits across from Nash Square. Eight railroad tracks are located in the southwest corner of the district. The Amtrak station and the Freight Depot sit on opposite sides of the tracks. Warehouse, factories, commercial buildings, and parking lots are located between Nash Square and the railroad tracks. The district boundaries include West Hargett, South McDowell, South Dawson, and West Cabarrus Streets.
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