Berea Union Depot
Berea Depot today, rearview
Berea Depot Restaurant today, front view
Various photos of Depot. One is current, one is undated and two are from 1965
Backstory and Context
The Depot was built from sandstone with elements of slate in the Gothic Revival and Victorian styles. Both the sandstone and the styling are uncommon in northeastern Ohio, where masonry depots were typically brick, and where wooden stations outnumbered masonry.
Critical to the station's establishment was Berea's stone-based economy; in the late nineteenth century, the city's sandstone quarries were the world's largest, and a typical day in the 1880s saw eighteen trains at the station. One century later, the depot was named a historic site and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 1980, qualifying because of its place in local history and because of its historically significant architecture.