Ripple Effects

Updated: Mar 12, 2020

Phase II of our Union Station Depot project was completed in early fall last year. After a long delay due to Hurricane Florence, craftsmen began their work. Over the past year the first floor woodwork was repaired and in some cases re-milled to match the original, then installed and carefully painted. All the first floor windows were restored to their original beauty as well. These may not seem to be huge projects, but they actually were. Each window or panel was painstakingly disassembled and new pieces crafted where needed. Then each window or panel was reassembled, finished, set in place, and given a final coat of paint.

Phase II is just one restoration phase for our Depot. A similar project in Salisbury took this same phased approach to renovation. Work was done in three phases at a cost of $3.1 million over two decades. The Historic Salisbury Foundation began restoring their 1908 “gateway to the Piedmont” station in 1984 and when completed, the revitalized Salisbury train station created a ripple effect of growth and renovation in their downtown. Office and retail spaces were constructed within blocks of the station. The Station is now used as an events center, a gathering place hosting weddings and other functions. Nearby, an Arts Walk connecting the station to a section of downtown Salisbury sprang up, attracting $11 million in additional renovation. The Waterworks Visual Arts Center and a Rail Walk were built as well, showcasing the area and stimulating business growth.

In New Bern, the Union Station Depot graces the northern section of the Historic District. Along with other projects in the Queen Street corridor―including restoration of the grandstands at Kafer Baseball Field and development of the 25-acre former silo area―the restored and repurposed Depot will help transform that part of downtown into a lively and vibrant neighborhood. Our goal at the Foundation is to deliver a beautiful and thoughtful rehabilitation of the structure and to help the City find uses for the building that make our community proud.

Here are before and after photos of the Union Station Depot at Phase II.

In this photo the masking material is still in place around the woodwork and over the glass in the windows. The floor was also masked to preserve it.

For more information on any of the Foundation’s projects or for volunteer opportunities, please give us a call at 252-633-6448. And thank you for your support!




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