Grand Trunk station (Yarmouth)

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Grand Trunk railroad station
Grand Trunk Railway Station, Yarmouth.jpg
Grand Trunk station (Yarmouth) is located in Maine
Grand Trunk station (Yarmouth)
Grand Trunk station (Yarmouth) is located in the United States
Grand Trunk station (Yarmouth)
LocationME 115, Yarmouth, Maine
Coordinates43°48′6″N 70°11′28″W / 43.80167°N 70.19111°W / 43.80167; -70.19111Coordinates: 43°48′6″N 70°11′28″W / 43.80167°N 70.19111°W / 43.80167; -70.19111
Area0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built1906
NRHP reference #79000139[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 10, 1979

The former Grand Trunk station of Yarmouth, Maine, is located on the east side of the railroad tracks, just south of Maine State Route 115. The railroad station was built in 1906 by the Grand Trunk Railroad, and is a well-preserved example of an early 20th-century passenger rail depot, an increasingly rare sight in the state. The building, which is now in commercial use, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 10, 1979.[1]

Description and history[edit]

Yarmouth's former Grand Trunk station stands just south of SR 115, on the east side of the Maine Central Railroad tracks. (The Amtrak Downeaster service between Portland and Brunswick runs on the Boston and Maine Railroad line, which crosses this track just to the north. It does not stop in Yarmouth.) The station is a single-story wood frame structure, set on a high granite block foundation. It has a hip roof and clapboard siding, and is roughly rectangular in shape, with small projecting sections on the either side, and a semicircular northern end. The roof has extended eaves, in a form typical of many railroad stations, with the eaves supported by large decoratively-cut brackets.[2]

The station was built in 1906 by the Grand Trunk Railway as a passenger depot on its line between Portland and Montreal. (There were three lines in total at the time of the station's construction.) It is architecturally unique in Maine, particularly for its high granite base, apsoidal curved end, and departure from more traditional Stick style architecture.[2] The Yarmouth Village Improvement Society purchased the station from the Grand Trunk's successor Canadian National Railway in 1968 to save it from demolition;[3] It housed a florist until February 2018, when it was put on the market for $165,000.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Grand Trunk Railroad Station". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
  3. ^ http://www.yarmouth.me.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={8A01EB80-4EB6-435B-BC7C-6553190007EA}&DE={6BF878AD-A9FC-4136-A665-06FF3111C7E2} Accessed May 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Historic train depot in Yarmouth is on the market" - Portland Press Herald, February 27, 2018