Russiaville Interurban Depot
Client: Russiaville Historic Society
Location: Russiaville, Indiana
Status: Completed 2015
Size: 1,900 sf
+ Project Architect
+ Condition assessment
+ Restoration planning and documentation
+ Direct client communication and design presentations
+ Consultant design coordination
+ Construction documentation
+ Bid Phase support and Construction Administration
(*completed while employed at RATIO)
Built in 1912, the station served the Kokomo, Frankfort & Western Traction Co., an interurban electric light rail system providing service between Frankfort and Kokomo, Indiana. The interurban line was shut down in 1932 and the station was subsequently remodeled and expanded as an apartment building. Located at a gateway into the community, the station is one of Russiaville’s defining landmarks, having survived a tornado that destroyed much of the town in 1965.
In 2014, the Town of Russiaville selected RATIO to provide design and construction administration services for the exterior restoration of the station with the ultimate goal of reusing the space as the headquarters of the Russiaville Historical Society.
Completed in 2015, the project restored the building’s exterior, reversing unsympathetic alterations made after the station closed. This included restoration of the decorative brick gables, replacement of missing or damaged windows and doors, roofing replacement, and exterior masonry restoration.
I was responsible assessing the condition of the building and creating measured drawings of the building, developing design and construction documents for the rehabilitation as well as specifications, and overseeing rehabilitation work through completion.