Berea Union Depot

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Berea Union Depot
Union Depot Berea Ohio 77.jpg
Between Restaurants
Berea Union Depot is located in Ohio
Berea Union Depot
Berea Union Depot is located in the US
Berea Union Depot
Location 30 Depot St., Berea, Ohio
Coordinates 41°22′52″N 81°51′16″W / 41.38111°N 81.85444°W / 41.38111; -81.85444Coordinates: 41°22′52″N 81°51′16″W / 41.38111°N 81.85444°W / 41.38111; -81.85444
Area less than one acre
Built 1876
Architectural style Gothic
NRHP reference # 80002976[1]
Added to NRHP November 21, 1980

The Berea Union Depot is a train station in Berea, Ohio, United States, which was built in 1876.[2] As the railroad facilities through town grew, there was a demand in the early 1870s by developers and townspeople for a new passenger and freight station. When it was dedicated on May 3, 1876, The Plain Dealer called it "the finest facility outside the big cities."[citation needed] As a union station, it served the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway and the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway, both of which became part of New York Central Railroad. It ceased to serve as a railway depot in 1931.[2] In 1980, the building was restored as a restaurant and gathering place.[3]

Built of sandstone with elements of slate,[4] the depot is a Gothic Revival structure with Victorian-influenced components. Both the sandstone and the styling are uncommon in northeastern Ohio, where masonry depots were typically brick, and where wooden stations outnumbered masonry.[2]

Critical to the station's establishment was Berea's stone-based economy; in the late nineteenth century, the city's sandstone quarries were the world's largest, and a typical day in the 1880s saw eighteen trains at the station.[2] One century later, the depot was named a historic site: it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 1980, qualifying because of its place in local history and because of its historically significant architecture.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 191-192.
  3. ^ Ohio Historic Marker, 2003, Berea Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 43-18.)
  4. ^ Berea Union Depot, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2014-02-11.

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