The Ozaukee County Historical Society launched a public appeal in early 2020 to fund a much needed restoration project on the historic Cedarburg Train Station located in OCHS’s Pioneer Village. Due to the generosity of many individuals and foundations, much of the work was funded and progress began, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
During 2020, terribly worn siding and trim boards were replaced in the peaks and on the east side of the building, the old concrete steps were replaced and designed to bear the imprinted date of 1907, consistent with the original steps. The old platform was removed and a freight ramp and platform were designed and constructed to ADA specifications, allowing visitors with disabilities to be able to easily enter and enjoy the train station for the first time.
In the spring of 2021, the major work of stripping and painting the exterior of the depot and replacing the old entry doors with custom doors built to the specifications of the original blueprints will take place. Also, new transom windows were hand-crafted to replace those that had previously been boarded over and vintage porcelain shade lights will be installed on the platform overhang.
New this year the next phase of the project, "All Aboard" focuses on the interior elements of the train station and includes: 1) restoring the hardwood maple floors, damaged boards with reclaimed maple, 2) repairing plaster and painting walls according to the Milwaukee Road blueprint color scheme, 3) replacing the freight door with a six-panel sliding door per the Milwaukee Road original blueprint, 4) refinishing the original Ford & Johnson Co. oak benches, 5) replacing interior lights with vintage porcelain shade lights from the 1940s, 6) refinishing & restoring the historic 1871 desk, and, 7) design & fabricate exhibits for the 1920-1940 period of restoration.
Read the full story of the Cedarburg Train Station by clicking on the link below and PLEASE consider a one-time contribution to support this project and its completion summer of 2021!
Click the link to make your donation or donations can be sent to: OCHS at P.O. Box 206, Cedarburg, WI 53012.