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1924 Seaboard Air Line Railway Station

West Palm Beach, Florida


Florida Preservation Award 1994

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Role of Keystone Restoration    

Our firm served as general contractor for the restoration of one of Florida's best known Spanish Baroque designed railway stations. Once one of the flagship stops for the Seaboard Air Line Railway,       the station now  serves as the northern terminal for South Florida's Tri-Rail system. Listed locally as          well  as in the National Register of Historic Places,     our work strictly  adhered  to   the  Secretary  of the Interior's Standards for Historic Rehabilitation.

West Palm Beach's train station was originally built in 1924 to be the system's jewel from a design by noted architects Harvey and Clark as the eastern terminal for Seaboard's Cross - Florida rail system.The detailed plans of restoration  architects Oliver and Glidden brought the long vacant structure back to life.

As general contractor, Keystone Restoration, Inc. was responsible for restoring the exteriors and interiors of the station. In addition to following the Standards of the Secretary of the Interior for Historic Rehabilitation, the project also had to comply with the Americans Disabilities Act in order to accommodate the needs of a railroad station for Tri-Rail and Amtrak, as well as bus connections. Seaboard Air Railroad S#F98.jpg (44520 bytes)

Our work included structural restoration; restoration of major ornamental cast stone elements, and exterior masonry; restoration and replication of all doors, windows; restoration of decorative iron and tile works. A new barrel tile roof, steel concrete structural work, electrical, lightning, plumbing, HVAC systems and life safety improvements were all a part of the project. Lead and asbestos abatement were also required. Extensive site work included a brick plaza, asphalt driveway, irrigation, bus pavilion, walkways, fountain, landscaping and parking for approximately 140 vehicles.                          

"...work was technically excellent and performed in a timely manner "  "I heartily recommend Keystone Restorations for projects of a historic nature that are seeking excellence. " Katharine Dickenson, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Trustee "The station's restoration is so authentic, you almost seem to go back in time..." Richard Frank  (West Palm Beach artist) From The Palm Beach Post, April 11, 1991  
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Contact: Terri Collins (561) 659-8089

Historic
Preservation: Katharine Dickenson
Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Trustee

Architect
: Oliver-Glidden & Partners Architects

Completion Date: May 1991

Work Performed:
63% by Keystone restoration, Inc. forces

Designations: National Register of Historic Places
City of West Palm Beach Landmark

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