Amo, Indiana Interurban Station
Posted by: dnrseekers
N 39° 41.292 W 086° 36.784
16S E 533178 N 4393222
Quick Description: Former station for the Interstate Public Service interurban line, which ran from Indianapolis to Louisville, Ky. The line was also known as Indianapolis, Columbus & Southern Traction Co.
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 4/23/2011 10:59:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMB9Q7
Published By: PFF
From Wikipedia April 2011:
The building consists of roughly 1,760 sq.ft., with 1,112 sq.ft. in the two-story substation block and 658 sq.ft. in the depot area. There is also a 350 sq.ft. covered outdoor patio on the south side of the building. Use of the facility for interurban transportation stopped in the early 1950’s.
The building is distinctive of the type of building developed for the interurban and consists of a small brick railroad passenger/cargo depot with a large two-story substation repair block at the rear. This facility has the distinctive high boxy shape common to depot/substation combinations, however; this building does have more fenestration then is normally found as well as decorative brickwork. This brickwork is
evident above the arched windows, in the brick banding two-thirds of the way up the façade, over the arched doors and in the corbelled brickwork at the parapet.
Sometime in the late 1950’s, the building underwent several destructive structural alterations to adopt the building for use as a grain mill.
Since 1999 the depot section of the building underwent several interior modifications in preparation for use as a restaurant. These modifications were never completed and the modifications made to the interior were minor.
The small brick building exhibits features of the Victorian Romanesque style including round arch openings, an articulated stringcourse and acorbelled brick cornice which conceals a flat roof. There is a full width entry porch supported by square wood posts with beveled corners,prevalent feature on Queen Anne style houses.
The former depot is square in plan; each side measures approximately 45 feet in length. The massing of the building is divided into two distinct portions. The northern two-thirds is a rectangular box with a flat roof. This area once housed the power substation. The southern third contained the passenger depot. This area is lower in height and has a hip roof broken by a central square tower that also features a hip roof.
A concrete foundation is visible a few inches above grade on most elevations. Brick walls, with a common bond pattern rises above. Toward the top of the substation portion of the building, a stringcourse, comprised of a band of rowlock bricks between rows of projecting stretcher bricks, wraps the perimeter. A corbelled brick cornice with
terra cotta copingstones caps the building. The depot portion of the building possessed a clay tile roof which was changed at some point to asphalt shingle. All of the original round-arch openings are topped with rows of radiating brick voussoirs and have limestone sills. The original wood doors have been replaced with smaller doors. The multilight windows are still mostly intact. Most of the original windows are
in place except for the three windows removed when the front ticket area was removed. The front ticket area was rebuilt to the original design as part of the 2004 project.
The front façade or south elevation exhibits a symmetrical appearance.
The northern or substation portion rises above the depot area and features two groupings of three small round arch openings. The stringcourse acts as their sill. The shorter depot portion of the southern elevation is divided into three sections. The central portion rises slightly higher than the ends and features a projecting threesided brick bay.
The two original windows on either side are still intact. One of the two original doorways is still in use, the other was converted to a window which was then rebuilt as a door after the 2004 project. The full-width entry porch is still intact. The east elevation has two doors, one entering the depot (original) and the other entering the substation which was rebuilt to the original design. The arched window is original as well.
Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: No
Is the station/depot open to the public?: Yes
If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?:
What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: The Interstate Public Service Interurban Line
Station/Depot Web Site: Not listed
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