Denison’s Katy Depot will be getting a needed face lift after the Denison Historic Preservation Board approved proposed renovation to the east exterior of the building during a meeting on Thursday. In recent years the train station has been remodeled and used as an event center.
The historic building, which was completed in 1912, was the third incarnation of the Katy Depot for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. The site was the terminus for the railroad line, until it was extended south in 1888. The station continued to serve the community until it ceased passenger service in 1965, after which it primarily served as offices for the Railroad. By the mid-1980s the railroad had fully moved out of the building, and the depot passed into private ownership.
“Many communities have lost their depots, but we have kept ours,” Main Street Director Donna Dow said at the meeting. “So, we are very fortunate.”
Alfred Robinson, who owns the property, told the Board he planned on replacing all 32 windows on the building’s east side. The deterioration in some of the windows is severe enough that some are currently boarded, while others have their frame held together by duct tape, said Robinson.
“Some of these windows are over 100 years old and original,” said Robinson.
Robinson plans to replace the windows and frames with modern, energy-efficient panes and insulated frames. Due to the size and shape of the windows, most would have to be custom made, he said.
Outside of the improvements to the windows, Robinson said he plans on rebuilding a temporary courtesy fence on the property. In addition, new lighting will be added to the historic monument outside the building, powered by solar panels.
This is the most recent step that Robinson has taken in renovating and improving the building. In recent months, the awning on the north side has been replaced, and improvements were made to the kitchen of the restaurant that resides inside the building.
In previous years, Robinson replaced and renovated the windows on the north side of the building, where some of the frames had deteriorated to the point that they had fallen in, he said. In addition to the work on the front of the building, Robinson also put a new roof on the depot.
“It is a very sturdy building,” he said.
In other matters, the Board approved a request to do emergency repairs and mortar work to the exterior of a building, located at 507-509 W. Main St. Brick damage at the rear of the building has lead to a leak inside the building.
The Board also approved a request by a new business to add signage to a building at 419 W. Main St. The owner plans on opening an art gallery and studio with a steam-punk theme at the location. The owner also plans on doing some retail sales at the gallery.
In another action, the Board also approved a request from a business owner to add window lettering to his new business, located at 118 W. Main St. The business will do alcohol, drug, DNA and fingerprint testing at the facility.
In its last action, the Board approved a request from a business owner to paint the wooden walks and surfaces of his business, located at 201 S. Mirick.