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Save the Northfield Depot | GiveMN

Donations can be made online by using the donate button above; please note that a processing fee (6.9%) will be subtracted from all online donations. (We are currently exploring options to lower this fee.)

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If you would like your FULL donation to go toward restoring the depot, please mail a check to:

Save the Northfield Depot
712 4th Street East
Northfield, MN 55057

Save the Northfield Depot is an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit and, as such, donations are tax deductible by the IRS.

Fundraising Goals

Save the Northfield Depot has a campaign goal of $730,000 for the total project, which includes a rehabilitated depot for use, attached pavilion, and adjacent sculpture garden.

This represents an increase since the initial projection in 2010 due to higher bids in the current context of increased construction and the related demand for materials and labor.

The first and most crucial goal has been met ― moving and saving the depot. Save the Northfield Depot must now raise additional funds to assure the depot’s preservation and full completion of the envisioned complex.

The projected work and funds needed for each stage of the depot rehabilitation, construction of the pavilion, and completion of the grounds are listed below. The list is extensive but not exhaustive; some of the work will be completed by volunteers. Donations of needed time and/or materials are identified under Provide Goods or Services.

Move & Initial Repairs ($301K)

 On 1888 site:

  • separate depot from 1944 addition COMPLETED
  • remove asbestos from 1944 addition COMPLETED
  • prepare 1888 for move (restore south wall removed in 1944 addition; remove station master’s station added in 1944; separate depot from 1944 concrete steps; stabilize for move) COMPLETED
  • move the depot COMPLETED
  • remove remaining 1944 addition COMPLETED
  • remove foundation and add fill COMPLETED

On new site BEFORE move:

  • cap water lines near 2nd and 3rd streets COMPLETED
  • excavate for basement COMPLETED
  • install stormwater drain pipes and link to City stormwater system COMPLETED

On new site AFTER move:

  • build basement walls COMPLETED
  • replace missing roof on south side COMPLETED
  • install 10 basement windows COMPLETED

Renovate Exterior (+ $150 K = $451K)

  • add brick to restored south wall and to the west side of the opening made for 1944 station master’s bay COMPLETED
  • restore 1888 station master’s bay in original location COMPLETED
  • restore two door openings on west side that were made into windows in 1944
  • add handicapped accessible double door on north side
  • replace/install 13 windows COMPLETED
  • build exterior stairs to basement COMPLETED
  • install recreated brackets on the south side
  • add iron filigree to roof line

Renovate Interior (+ $65K = $516K)

On first floor:

  • insulate walls
  • repair woodwork, walls, and ceilings
  • install plumbing, heating, electricity, flooring, stairs, light fixtures, and bathroom fixtures
  • build interior stairs
  • install dry wall in new south wall

In basement:

  • add insulation
  • install flooring and lighting
  • frame for furnace room and bathrooms
  • add bathroom fixtures

Driveway, Parking, Sidewalks (+ $100K = $616K)

Add driveway, parking, and sidewalk (between 2nd and 3rd streets)

Pavilion (+ $50K = $666K)

  • grade for pavilion
  • build concrete base for pavilion with handicapped ramp
  • build roof and pillars for pavilion
  • install lighting

Landscaping (+ $64K = $730K)

  • grade for sculpture garden
  • plant flowers, shrubs and trees
  • install limestone wall, benches and bases for sculptures
  • add sculpture, lighting and columns to garden