Thursday, April 25, 2013

320 North Chestnut Street - Illinois Central Passenger Depot

Illinois Central Railroad Passenger Depot
Constructed: 1899 (replaced the Doane House following fire)
Original Owner: Illinois Central Railroad
Current Owner: Dr. William Youngerman
Moved to its current location in 1923

This photo from 1903 shows the recently constructed Illinois Central Railroad
station located at the terminus of Main Street.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad
As noted in the sandborn map below, the depot was surrounded my meticulously
managed flower gardens.  These were maintained by Illinois Central Railroad.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad

A view of the depot as seen from University Avenue looking northwest
across the at-grade tracks.  The tracks were elevated until in 19234-24.  Note Oak
Street to the far right of the photo.  This street disappeared with the
raising of the tracks in 1924.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad

A view of the station looking north from University Avenue.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad 

An aerial view showing the original location of the depot.
Photo courtesy of the Champaign County Historical Archives

A view of the depot looking southeast toward First and University Avenue.
Photo courtesy of the Champaign County Historical Archives

This image shows depot as it appeared in its original location at the terminus
of Main Street.  The outline shows the current location of the depot.

The depot as it appeared from Main Street looking east from Market Street
circa 1915.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad

An aerial view of Downtown prior to 1924 showing the track configuration
around the depot.
Photo courtesy of the Champaign County Historical Archives

Crews prepare the depot for its move north.  The depot remained in service
during its short move.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad

The depot is pulled north by a series of rails and pulley's.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad

Another view of the rail system set up to move the station north.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad

A new foundation was set under the station at its new position.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad

This diagram illustrates the new track configuration and building layout for
the 1924 Illinois Central improvements.  The project costs approx.
$1,100,000 with the city of Champaign paying $165,000 toward the costs
of the subways.  The project was overseen by Illinois Central Chief
Engineer F.L. Thompson and O.T. Dunn, Assistant Engineer.

An aerial view of the raising of the Illinois Central Railroad tracks.  Roughly
100,000 cu. yd. of fill material was brought by train from Paxton, Illinois
(25 miles north of Champaign)  Note work beginning (far left) on the grand
passenger terminal.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad

Depot in its new and current position north of Main Street.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad

The newly moved depot now serving as the Illinois Central freight station.
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Railroad

Three loading platforms were eventually added between the depot and the
raised tracks.  This allowed for the loading of passengers in cars before
the cars were coupled with the engine.  This image show service men preparing
for departure circa 1950s.
Photo courtesy of the Champaign County Historical Archives

This 1967 aerial shows the newly painted roof of the deport along with the
track and platform configuration for both the depot and passenger terminal.
Photo courtesy of the Champaign County Historical Archives
The roof on the depot was painted in the 1960s to reflect the fast growth of
Champaign-Urbana to arriving travelers.  The tag line reads "Fastest Growing
Community in Downstate Illinois".  This phrase is once again true although the
population needs some updating!
Photo courtesy of T.J. Blakeman
The depot as it looks today (April 2013)
Photo courtesy of T.J. Blakeman
The Illinois Central Railroad logo embedded in the downspouts
Photo courtesy of T.J. Blakeman
The eastern facade (track side of the building). The platforms and spurs have
been removed and replaced by a parking lot.
Photo courtesy of T.J. Blakeman
The western facade of the building.
Photo courtesy of T.J. Blakeman
The former Illinois Central Rail yard area behind Jos. Kuhn and Company.
Photo courtesy of T.J. Blakeman
A current aerial view of the Illinois Central Passenger Terminal and depot.
Photo courtesy Google


2 comments:

  1. I'm so glad they chose to move the old depot, rather than tear it down. That probably wouldn't happen today.

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  2. I have my G grandfather's autobiography remembering going to the "Old Doan House" as a little boy (born 1871). Do you know of any pictures of this building before it was burned down? Do you know what year it burned down?

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