Milwaukee Road Passenger Depot

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Milwaukee Road Passenger Depot
Milwaukee Road Depot Green Bay.jpg
Milwaukee Road Passenger Depot is located in Wisconsin
Milwaukee Road Passenger Depot
Location 400 S. Washington St.
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Coordinates 44°30′37″N 88°01′08″W / 44.51028°N 88.01889°W / 44.51028; -88.01889Coordinates: 44°30′37″N 88°01′08″W / 44.51028°N 88.01889°W / 44.51028; -88.01889
Built 1898
Architect Charles S. Frost
Architectural style Flemish Renaissance Revival
Governing body Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
NRHP Reference # 96000906
Added to NRHP August 16, 1996

The Milwaukee Road Passenger Depot in Green Bay, Wisconsin was built in 1898 by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (also known as The Milwaukee Road) to serve the businesses and residences in Green Bay on the east bank of the Fox River. Two other depots from competing railroads were built on the west bank.

History[edit]

The depot is a waypoint on the Packers Heritage Trail. It was built primarily of brick and stone in the Flemish Renaissance Revival style by Charles Sumner Frost of Chicago, Illinois. The architecture is unusual in that most depots of that time were built in the Craftsman or Romanesque styles. The depot is a rectangular, single story building with a passenger waiting area on one end and a freight room at the other.

The depot served Green Bay until 1957, when it was donated by the railroad to the City of Green Bay. (The Milwaukee Road built another passenger depot nearer its rail yards to serve passengers.) The city then leased the old depot to the Chamber of Commerce, then sold it outright to them in 1986. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of its association with railroad and commercial development of Green Bay and also because of its distinctive architecture.

In 2011, Green Bay, Wisconsin - based company Breakthrough Fuel renovated the "Milwaukee Road Passenger Depot" to serve as its corporate headquarters. The company received a Brown County Historical Society Historic Preservation Award and the Green Bay Beautification Award for the renovation later that year.

References[edit]

  • Rucker, Della G. Milwaukee Road Passenger Depot (Brown County, Wisconsin). National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. National Park Service, Washington D.C. 1996.