Old Gainesville Depot

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Old Gainesville Depot
SAL Depot, Gainesville, FL 20121208.jpg
Gainesville SAL Depot restored in 1910 color scheme. The 1910 passenger depot is on the left. The 1860 freight house is on the right.
Old Gainesville Depot is located in Florida
Old Gainesville Depot
Old Gainesville Depot is located in the United States
Old Gainesville Depot
LocationGainesville, Florida
Coordinates29°38′42.7″N 82°19′22.8″W / 29.645194°N 82.323000°W / 29.645194; -82.323000Coordinates: 29°38′42.7″N 82°19′22.8″W / 29.645194°N 82.323000°W / 29.645194; -82.323000
Built1860; 1910
NRHP reference No.96001369[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 22, 1996

The Old Gainesville Depot (also known as the Seaboard Air Line Depot or Baird Warehouse) is a historic site at 203 Southeast Depot Avenue in Gainesville, Florida. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on November 22, 1996. Part of the Depot was built around 1860 to serve the Florida Railroad, which reached Gainesville from Fernandina in 1859.[2] It is one of only three surviving railroad depots in the state built prior to the start of the American Civil War.[3] The depot was situated with tracks on both sides. Between 1892 and 1897, the depot was remodeled to provide two passenger waiting rooms, one for whites and one for Blacks.[4][5] A new passenger depot with segregated waiting rooms was built in 1910, and the old depot was moved and attached as a freight house to the passenger depot. Depot operations were moved to a new building where East University Avenue crossed the rail line in January, 1948.[6] After the railroad opened the new depot, the old depot building was used by Baird Hardware, Gator Ice and Voyles Appliance store. The City of Gainesville acquired the depot building in 1999.[7]

The depot has been restored, and painted in the same colors, and with the same style metal roof shingles, used in 1910. The freight scale in the depot has also been restored. The restored depot is part of the Depot Park developed by the City of Gainesville which opened in August 2016.[8][9] The station is located along the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Smith, Chad (September 8, 2011). "City kicks off effort to revitalize old train depot". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Florida Civil War Heritage Trail" (PDF). Florida Division of Historical Resources. p. 23. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  4. ^ Map of Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, 1892, Sheet 1. Sanborn Map Company. Accessed December 9, 2012
  5. ^ Map of Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, 1897, Sheet 7. Sanborn Map Company. Accessed December 9, 2012
  6. ^ Davis, Jess G. (1966). History of Gainesville, Florida with biographical sketches of families. p. 99.
  7. ^ The Historic Depot Building: a Depot Park Project. Gainesville, Florida: Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency.
  8. ^ Curry, Christopher (April 30, 2012). "Work on historic Gainesville Depot progresses as city develops its central park". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  9. ^ "The History of Depot Park". Depot Park. Retrieved March 14, 2019.

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