New Depot Progress Visible


“Is that a chimney going up on the depot?” is a frequent question to Save the Northfield Depot (STND) board members.  They enthusiastically confirm that, indeed, it is.

When faced with the need to identify the exterior location of the white vent pipe for the bathroom, the idea of reconstructing the chimney to hide the pipe was quickly adopted.

The 1888 depot blue prints show a stove in the center of the depot.  It served the two waiting rooms (one for the women and one for the men) separated by a wall down the middle of the depot.  The two flues account for the width of the chimney.

“We are fortunate to have the original 1888 drawings that Alex Rappe of Rappe Custom Creations can use for the reconstruction”, noted Alice Thomas, STND Board Member.  The unique pattern of bricks that form ridges can be seen in the original 1888 plans (see image) and is evident in archival photos.

Save the Northfield Depot encourages residents to follow the progress with new images posted frequently under “interior renovation” and “exterior renovation” on their web site home page at

The chimney will be completed before the roof is reshingled next week by Matt Garlie and crew from G&G Construction.  The shingles were donated by SageGlass/Saint-Gobain and their CertainTeed Roofing company. Rob Martin, STND Co-chair, noted that “We are very grateful for their donation.  It has been through such generosity from the community that we were able to move the depot thus saving it from destruction and begin the restoration and repair.”