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Project-Shelburn Interurban Depot: Pro Gallery


Interurban Depot

Client: Town of Shelburn

Location: Shelburn, Indiana

Status: Completed Spring 2019

Size: 2,322 sf


+ Project Architect, Preservation Specialist 

+ Condition assessment and feasibility study

+ Restoration planning and documentation

+ Interior space planning

+ Internal design team coordination

+ Direct client engagement 

+ Design presentations 

+ Consultant design coordination 

+ Client assistance with bidding and value engineering

+ Construction Administration and Closeout

(*completed while employed at RATIO)

The Shelburn Interurban Depot was built to serve passengers on the interurban electric light rail line of the Terre Haute Traction & Light Company, which ran between Clinton and Sullivan, Indiana. The depot, built in two phases between 1910 and 1921, originally contained passenger and freight rooms, a ticket office and a power substation serving the interurban electric light rail system. Interurban service was shut down in 1930 and the depot was sold and later housed a variety of uses. Years of vacancy and deferred maintenance left the building in poor condition by the time it was donated to the Town of Shelburn in 2010. 

Following the completion of a Historic Preservation Plan for the depot, as well as a National Register of Historic Places nomination, the Town of Shelburn selected RATIO to complete the phased restoration of the depot. Fully completed in 2019, the work included structural repairs, roof replacement and reconstruction, masonry cleaning and restoration, window and door replacement, installation of a new electrical service, interior masonry restoration, and interior buildout for future restaurant and bar tenant use.

As Project Director, I was responsible for all phases of design and restoration, including conditions assessment and rehabilitation drawings, interior buildout design and documentation, leading client design review meetings, construction documents, full construction administration including leading construction meetings, and closeout.   

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