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Dowagiac station

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Line(s)  Michigan Line
Tracks  2
Disabled access  Yes
Phone  +1 800-872-7245
Rebuilt  1995
Platforms  1 side platform
Parking  Yes; Free
Opened  1903
Architecture firm  Spier & Rohns
Added to NRHP  1993
Dowagiac station
Location  200 Depot Drive Dowagiac, MI 49047
Address  200 Depot Dr, Dowagiac, MI 49047, USA
Architectural style  Tudor Revival architecture
Similar  Niles station, Kalamazoo Transportation Center, St Joseph station, Battle Creek Transport, South Bend station

Dowagiac is a train station in Dowagiac, Michigan, served by Amtrak, the United States' railroad passenger system. The station was built by the Michigan Central Railroad in 1902, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

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It is served by Amtrak's Blue Water and Wolverine trains and was formerly a stop for the International Limited, which had started in 1982 as joint operation by Via Rail and Amtrak between Chicago and Toronto, and was discontinued in 2004.

History

The Michigan Central Railroad built a set of tracks providing passenger service through Dowagiac in 1848. A new depot was constructed in the 1870s. The current station, replacing the 1870s station, is the third constructed by the Michigan Railroad in Dowagiac. The architect for the station is not documented, but is almost certainly the firm of Spier and Rohns. The railway hired contractor M. J. Rogers of Detroit to supervise construction. The building was completed in 1903, and has remained in use as a passenger station since that time. A restoration project took place in 1995.

Description

The depot is a single-story brick Tudor Revival structure trimmed with limestone. The depot consists of two hip roof buildings, one for passengers and one for baggage, connected with a gable roof canopy supported by metal columns. The passenger station has a square two-story tower projecting from the street side and a projecting octagonal ticket office on the track side. The station is accessed through a port cochere and glassed-in entry porch. Hip roof dormers are placed on the roof, and rows of square head windows line the sides of both the passenger station and baggage depot.

References

Dowagiac station Wikipedia


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