Preservation Planning: Santa Fe Depot

Santa Fe Depot.

Watson Conserves was hired to conduct a conditions assessment and draft a preservation plan for the Santa Fe Depot, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. Designed and built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, the building has been in continuous use as a depot for passengers or freight since 1909. It now serves passengers of the Santa Fe Southern Railway and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express.

The resulting report and preservation plan (Executive Summary here) completes the requisite initial step in the preservation planning process, describing the property's history, its character-defining features and its physical needs. It makes recommendations for correcting these problems and recommends a preservation project that would address the most pressing needs. The recommended preservation effort prioritizes stabilizing the property to prevent further loss of historic fabric, addressing problems that may threaten public health and safety, and effecting procedures that will make the building more energy efficient while retaining its historic character.