Decatur Depot

In the 1980s and early 1990s, the old railroad depot at Decatur served as an acoustic music venue called The Freight Room. Shortly afterwards it was given to the city by CSX with the condition that it be moved away from the tracks. With the assistance of a Transportation Enhancement grant, the city was able to move it 34 feet and take possession. Since then the building has been leased for restaurant use including Depeaux (a Cajun food place) and the current Kimball House.

Abandoned Decatur, Georgia, depot before its move and rehabilitation

The building was empty and closer to the tracks when this photo was made around 2001.

The Decatur depot after it was moved.

The depot after it was moved a bit farther from the railroad.

Prominent brackets support the widely overhanging roof.

The county seat of DeKalb County, Decatur is a city of 18,000 on the east side of Atlanta.

 


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