Today’s guest post is by Sharron Cauthen, Chair of the Durant Historic Preservation Commission in Holmes County.
Durant Historic Preservation Commission and City of Durant Work To Preserve Durant Depot (Illinois Central RR)
This year the Durant Historic Preservation Commission is working with city officials to promote the renovation of the north building (passenger depot) of the Durant Depot. DHPC also seeks help from all the friends and alumni of Durant and the Mississippi preservation community. The Commission has applied for a Mississippi Landmark Grant with MDAH to supplement an application for funds from the Transportation Alternatives Program with MDOT. Durant is a Certified Local Government, and DHPC will also apply for a CLG grant this year. CLG grants require a 50 per cent match. Cash for grant match funds is at the top of the list of DHPC financial planning this year. A small grant from the National Fund for Historic Preservation will be used in 2013 to pay for a preliminary engineering study. Architect Belinda Stewart was contracted in 2012 to provide a preliminary existing facilities study to include with DHPC grant applications.
The Durant Depot, a large brick structure built in 1909 by the Illinois Central Railroad, measures about 276 feet in length by 33 feet in width on the outside, and contains two sections connected with a breezeway. The depot is well suited for renovation because it is built of durable brick and masonry, and is covered with Spanish red tile. Spanish gables on the north and east add a distinctive style. Brick walkways in a herring-bone pattern surround both sections of the depot.
In its restoration work on the Durant Depot, DHPC needs two types of assistance. Several Holmes County groups have written letters of support for the depot renovation, and DHPC asks preservation supporters to add to this effort by mailing letters to Sharron Cauthen, DHPC Chairman, 136 Savannah Bend, Madison, MS 39110, or by sending email posts in the contact form below. We will use these letters in asking for approval of our current grant applications with MDAH, MDOT, NFHP, and possibly the National Railway Historical Society and other grant providers.
DHPC also asks for donations to our restoration fund. Checks can be made out to Durant Historic Preservation Commission and mailed to Durant City Clerk, P. O. Box 272, Durant, MS 39063. Donations in 2012 were used for repair of a bad hole in the tile roof, for painting doors and downspouts, for repair of the basement shed roof, and repair of the wooden facing and supports for the warehouse platform. These repairs will contribute to the stabilization of both the north office section and the south warehouse section. CN Railway was a major 2012 donor to the DHPC Depot Fund, along with BankPlus and other commercial donors and families. DHPC offers subscriptions for inscribed bricks to be placed in a memorial brick walk adjacent to the Durant Depot. For more information please call Sharron Cauthen at 601-826-5429 or Durant City Clerk at 662-653-3314.
Email your Comments to the Durant Historic Preservation Commission below: