Friday, April 24, 2015

Stone Mountain’s historic Train Depot Renovations

 The City of Stone Mountain’s historic Train Depot has undergone a $352,150 facelift. City officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 23 to celebrate the completion of exterior renovations on the project.

“It has been exciting to watch the transformation of the outside of the building. A year ago, there were holes in the mortar and the roof was leaking,” says Mayor Pat Wheeler.

The city received a Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation to cover the cost of the project. The project took about four months to complete, according to city officials.

“Without the help of GDOT, this project could not have happened. They have been a great partner to work with on the Depot. We know now that the building will be standing and dry for many years to come,” Wheeler said.

The south side of the depot was built in 1857 shortly after the Georgia Railroad Company completed the line from Madison to Atlanta.

The north side was built in 1914 as a passenger office and waiting room. Beginning in the 1960s the building served as City Hall and the City Jail. It remained in use until 2012 when the new Municipal Building was completed.

Photo credits: Next Stop...Decatur

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