A New Foundation: Vergennes Railroad Depot

Back in October, the Vergennes Railroad Depot was moved via hydraulic jacks to rest in its new home, adjacent to the Ferrisburgh Park & Ride (which is just over the Vergennes/Ferrisburgh town line on Vermont Route 22A).

On the move in October 2012.

Since then the depot has been set on a foundation and rehabilitation work is well underway. Here are a few images for an update. One thing to know about the depot is that it is now on the opposite side of the tracks, however, the building remains oriented correctly, with the bay windows and semaphore facing the tracks.

Early December 2012.

Early December 2012. This side faces the park & ride.

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Early December 2012. The windows are being restored, and thus are not in place. And check out that new concrete foundation.

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Early December 2012.

And for some updates later in December:

Mid December 2012.

Mid December 2012. Track side. Note the bay window and semaphore.

Mid December 2012.

Mid December 2012. What a sight! The relocation brings much more visibility to the building. Rehabilitation is in progress and the community is excited.

More updates to come. Any good rehabilitation stories to share from your corner of the world?

9 thoughts on “A New Foundation: Vergennes Railroad Depot

  1. Arianna says:

    Can’t wait to read more updates, what an great project. I never cease to be amazed by the relocation of buildings!

    We at Historic Boulder, Inc. were proud to have our big rehabilitation project, the Hannah Barker House, featured as the first stop on Colorado Preservation’s 2013 tour of preservation sites around the state! We just got another grant from the State Historical Fund, and we’ll be moving forward with our next phase this year. CPI’s site tour is here: http://coloradopreservation.org/pennys-places/penny-hannah-barker-house/ and our website is here: http://www.historicboulder.org/the_hannah_barker_house.html.

    Thanks for the continuing inspiration!

  2. jane says:

    I love seeing it happen, and that you are recording it. Often people cannot visualize how it could possible go from derelict to useful and charming, let alone historic. Good job!

  3. Mark says:

    The Charles Morris House in Halifax, NS, was recently saved by the herculean efforts of several groups and agencies. Built between 1758-64, it is one of the oldest buildings in the city, and not without controversy as its supposed first owner had treated the aboriginals in the area quite harshly. Its preservation became a lightning rod of politics, and some people said it should have been burned rather than saved (an interesting preservation topic in itself). To be brief, the house was moved and will be restored to serve as part of a complex for youth. As it turns out, it now appears the house was never owned by this controversial figure….good thing it was saved and still serving as a valuable piece of the city’s built heritage.

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