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1858 northwest wing; 1876 freight depot; 1886 passenger depot; 540–542 E. Van Dorn Ave.

After Holly Springs’s railroad buildings, including part of the hotel, were burned in the Civil War, a new freight depot was built to the north in 1876, but it was not until 1886 that the Illinois Central Railroad erected a new passenger facility, incorporating what remained of the old hotel. J. B. Lee, an Illinois Central master carpenter, supervised the construction of what became the grandest nineteenth-century railroad station in any Mississippi small town. The two-and-a-half-story brick building combines elements of Richardsonian Romanesque and Second Empire styles and features three towers with pyramidal roofs. The building housed ticket and telegraph offices, separate waiting rooms for black and white passengers, and a large dining room on the first floor, with hotel facilities above. Passenger service ceased in the 1930s, and after serving various functions the building has become an event venue.

Writing Credits

Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller


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Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller, "HISTORIC ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD DEPOT", [Holly Springs, Mississippi], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Mississippi, Jennifer V. O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio. With Mary Warren Miller. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2021, 148-149.

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