By KAROLYN GEPHART
The Pearland community can help restore the Pearland Depot by purchasing their own brick or bench to personalize. The donations will be used to restore and preserve the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad Depot on Liberty Drive in Pearland.
For more information on the brick and bench project, go to https://visitpearland.com/depot/.
The project is part of the Citizens Advisory Committee to “Restore the Pearland Depot” in conjunction with the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Pearland Historical Society to preserve and restore the historic Depot.
Their goal is to transform the depot into a museum with interactive information and exhibits about the history of Pearland and the railroad. When completed, the restored Depot will provide educational opportunities, community interaction, historic preservation and the creation of an attraction for visitors and residents.
According to the committee, the Railroad Depot has been vacant since the 2008 hurricane and is in need of restoration and preservation as one of the City’s oldest historic sites.
Contact Kim Sinistore, executive director of the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau to get involved; [email protected] or 281-997-5970.
The proposed site plan concept for the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad Depot consists of the restoration and creation of a full service museum and event center, which includes restoring the interior and exterior of the depot to its original look, renovate the caboose exterior and create an outdoor plaza area, build an event space for groups, meetings and events, be ADA compliant with restrooms and ramps, and tie in the historical style and finishes, according to Sinistore.
The total estimated project renovation is $900,000.