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Review of Venice Train Depot

Venice Train Depot
Ranked #9 of 23 Tours in Venice
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Owner description: Free Train Depot Tours are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am - 3 pm November 1st through April 30th. This is in addition to our year-round tours available on Saturdays from 10 am - 1 pm. Docents are VAHS members. In 1903, a subsidiary of the Seaboard Air Line Railway brought the first train into what is now Sarasota County. In 1911, the tracks were extended 16.5 miles south at the request of Bertha Honore Palmer, a Chicago businesswoman who was a major landholder in the area. Palmer named the new terminal Venice. The original train stop and sidings were located near the current corner of St. Augustine Avenue and Tampa Avenue West. In 1925, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) purchased land to develop the City of Venice according to a plan drafted by city planner John Nolan. The BLE recognized that a new depot would be essential for importing materials and attracting potential land buyers and visitors to Venice. Completed in 1927 at the height of Venice's early development, the new Depot was the last structure built before the BLE closed operations in Venice in 1928. Designed by the architectural firm of Walker & Gillette, the Depot is historically and architecturally significant. Built as a racially segregated building with two waiting rooms, it was 50 feet wide and 400 feet long. The Depot's architecture embodies the Mediterranean Revival style planned for the City of Venice. When opened on March 27, 1927, the Depot heralded as the finest station on the Seaboard Air Line Railway. The last passenger train departed from the Depot in 1971, but freight traffic continued until 1997. The Depot building closed in 1975, and it subsequently fell into disrepair and decline. Sarasota County purchased the structure in 1999 and renovated it in 2002-2003. Dedicated on October 24, 2003, the restored Depot stands as a magnificent representation of the architecture of early Venice. The renovation added 40 feet on the south side of the building, and the additional space accommodates the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus system hub at the Depot.
Reviewed 12 June 2014

The Venice Train Depot has undergone a renovation and has become a bus stop. There is also a tour run by volunteer docents that happens throughout the year. They are lovely people with a love for history and Venice. It is run by donations and families are welcome on the tour. You get to tour a real life caboose.

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

If you like quaint "historical" places, you'll appreciate this. Nice docents in the history party of the depot. There's a great remodeled room used for events and the outdoor areas are very nice.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We got a fantastic invite to attend a "Sunny Jim" White concert inside the historic train station. What a treat, facility is great, acoustics fantastic and it was a highlight of our trip to the Sarasota and Venice area. We understand Sunny Jim does these on a regular basis. don't miss one

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Perfect for the train lover in your life.... cool museum, plus it is a nice to place to take a little a walk along the Intercoastal. This is on the Legacy Bike Trail. worth the stop and stroll.

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Reviewed 10 May 2014

This is a Legacy Trail destination, that you can also get to by car or walking. Restored station with knowledgable guides familiar with Venice history. A must stop for every train enthusiast.

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