Harvey House (Barstow, California)
|Amtrak inter-city rail station|
|Location||685 North 1st Avenue
Barstow, California 92311
|Owned by||BNSF Railway & City of Barstow|
|Platforms||1 side platform
1 island platform
(others out of service)
|Tracks||2 (others out of service)|
|Opened||22 February 1911|
|Passengers (2014)||3,096 (Amtrak)|
Harvey House Railroad Depot
|Location||Santa Fe Depot,
|Area||1.1 acres (0.4 ha)|
|Architect||Francis W. Wilson|
|Architectural style||Other, Santa Fe|
|NRHP Reference #||75000458|
|Added to NRHP||April 3, 1975|
The Harvey House Railroad Depot, originally known as the Casa del Desierto, is a former Harvey House located in Barstow, in the Mojave Desert within San Bernardino County, California, United States. Casa del Desierto now functions as an unstaffed Amtrak passenger station for the Southwest Chief, as well as housing Barstow city offices, the local Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, and two museums. Now often referred to as the Barstow Amtrak Station. It should not be confused with Barstow Station, a restaurant food court located about 2 miles (3.2 km) away.
History and Architecture
The Casa del Desierto station and hotel was built in 1911 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to replace an earlier one built in 1885 that burned in 1908. The Santa Fe closed the station in 1973. It became derelict until bought by the City of Barstow, and rebuilt following heavy damage in a 1992 earthquake.
The building is a synthesis of Spanish Renaissance and Classical Revival architecture styles, with a Moorish feeling as well. The concrete frame is faced with red tapestry brick and beige artificial stone. Majestic arcades and colonnades line the facade, providing shade from the desert sun. Red clay barrel tiles are used to cover the roof. Towers at the building's corners, and those of the central projecting bay facing the tracks, are capped with pointed roofs or painted domes.
Francis W. Wilson is the architect credited by the Historic American Buildings Survey of the National Park Service. Amtrak's Great American Stations site says that "according to contemporary accounts, the Casa del Desierto ... was designed by Francis W. Wilson of Santa Barbara, Calif." Earlier Wilson had designed the Fray Marcos in Williams, Arizona, and El Garces in Needles, California for the Santa Fe and Fred Harvey.
Restoration and museums
The City of Barstow obtained the station in 1990. After restoration and more than $8 million in repairs to earthquake damage, several city offices moved into the building. The Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center also operates out of the former Harvey House. Other public institutions located here are the Western America Railroad Museum on the east side and the Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum on the north side.
Platforms and tracks
|1-2||■ Southwest Chief||toward Los Angeles (Victorville)|
|■ Southwest Chief||toward Chicago (Needles)|
- "Barstow, CA (BAR)". amtrak.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
- "Great American Stations: Barstow, CA (BAR)". greatamericanstations.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Harvey House". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 13 Oct 2012.
- Amtrak – Stations – Barstow, CA
- Amtrak California
- Amtrak Stations Database
- Barstow Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum
- Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce