Mike Taylor, city administrator, reported in October the restored Creston Depot is currently in need of structural and cosmetic upgrades.
That month, the city council voted to allow an architectural firm to begin investigating what structural and cosmetic upgrades are needed.
Thus, Matt Coen and Martha Green of Walker Coen Lorentzen — an architectural firm based in Des Moines — will be inspecting a portion of the Creston Depot over the next two months to better identify costs for the depot’s restoration.
“This building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an incredible, important and mostly intact example of the 19th century architecture,” Green said. “And, care should be taken with the methods and material of rehabilitation so as not to degrade the integrity of the historic fabric of the building.”
Creston’s depot was designed by architects Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root — among the nation’s most distinguished architects in the 19th century. It was adorned “a magnificent passenger station” by the public, according to Union County historical records.
Coen said 1977 was the last time the depot received any major renovations.
City officials fully expect this restoration project to be expensive, and that’s why they are asking for a cost summary now, so renovations can be phased in over the next four to five years.
Bids for restoration of the depot are scheduled for mid-June into September. Taylor said masonry and tuck pointing work will be done first. The city has allocated up to $100,000 for renovations in FY2014.
Initial renovations could begin as early as this September.