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Station Place and Amtrak Depot (Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Depot)
Charlestonians welcomed their first train in January 1873, but the C&O Railway did not get around to providing them with a first-class station until early in the new century. The BeauxArts-inspired, Renaissance Revival depot is of stone (first floor) and brick (second floor) with terra-cotta trim. A bracketed cornice supports an overhanging red tile, hipped roof. When the depot opened just before Christmas 1905, it was touted as the “finest in the country for a city the size of Charleston, used exclusively by
Hemmed in by streets, as well as a bridge, river, railroad tracks, and steep bluffs, the site demands a strong architectural statement. The depot's design was deemed so worthy that a twin was built adjacent to it in 1988. The complex now serves as a restaurant, offices, and Amtrak station.
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