The La Grange Railroad Museum & Learning Center building was originally constructed in 1914, sitting approximately 80-100 feet from its current location.
The building served as a passenger train depot for the L&N Railroad. In its original building plans/blueprint, there are segregated waiting areas within the building. When you walk up the ramp and enter the east end of the building, you have entered the original "colored waiting area."
Above the door is a "Transom Window," or a 1914 air conditioning/ventilation unit. There are five (5) transom windows in the building, and every place you find a transom, there is or was a door installed at that location.
CAN YOU FIND THE MISSING DOORS IN THE MUSEUM?
The original construction of the building was a one-story building with no basement. When the building was moved from its original position where the blue 1928 L&N Dining Car sits, the building was placed on the new basement foundation structure.
There was a commercial pie kitchen located in the basement area at one time.
The La Grange Railroad Museum building was originally built in 1914, about 100 feet from its current position. The drawing to the right is from the original drawings of the building.
The side doors of the museum at each end of the building where passengers entered. Those end doors and the track-side front door from the GENERAL WAITING ROOM no longer exist. The manual vent windows found over the remaining entries are still installed in the locations where the doors once stood.
The original building did not sit on a foundation. There were stairs on the back side of the building that went to a lower furnace room below the COLORED WAITING ROOM. In 1992, when the building was moved about 100 feet to its current location, it was placed in a full basement with an additional two bathrooms, thus bringing the total bathroom count to six.
Sometime after the move, the largest bathroom in the GENERAL WAITING ROOM was converted to a kitchenette. In addition to the bathroom conversion, a set of stairs was installed, the LADIES WAITING ROOM providing access to the new lower level.