JESUP, GEORGIA—The city of Jesup received an award for “Excellence in Rehabilitation” from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation at a ceremony held on May 16, 2014. The award recognizes the city’s efforts to rehabilitate the 1903 Atlantic Coast Line combination depot, which serves as a stop for Amtrak’s daily Silver Meteor (New York-Miami). An electrical fire in 2003 left the building unusable.
Jesup received more than $800,000 from the Federal Highway Administration in 2005 to fund a full renovation. The city also purchased the building and land from CSX Transportation, owner of the adjacent rail line.
Working with the Spriggs Group, a Savannah-based architectural firm with wide experience in historic preservation projects, the city returned the brick depot to its early 20th century appearance. A major component was the reconstruction of the hipped roof, whose deep eaves supported by brackets shelter passengers from inclement weather. Bron Cleveland Associates, Inc. of Atlanta oversaw project management. The depot was officially rededicated in March, 2013.
In addition to a passenger waiting room, the depot also includes a community meeting space, offices and a welcome center for the Wayne County Board of Tourism. The interior is decorated with historic photographs and memorabilia that demonstrate the strong ties between Jesup and the railroads. City officials believe that these new uses will make the depot more active and therefore contribute to downtown revitalization.
“This is a pleasant surprise for Jesup, and we are delighted to be chosen for this award. It took many people many hours of hard work to complete the station project. I just want to thank everyone that played a part in the restoration of our beautiful depot,” says City Manager Mike Deal.
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, chartered in 1973, strives to help Georgians to understand and appreciate the irreplaceable value of historic buildings and places and their relevance to modern life. It envisions communities where new development complements and reinforces thriving downtowns and historic neighborhoods, contributing to a healthy and enriched humane environment.