The Railroad Depot District comprises four city blocks. The district has also been called The Hoosier Bowery.” It is an architecturally significant group of 19th and early 20th century commercial and industrial buildings. The structures housed businesses that were important to the economic development of the city and in some cases, the county and southeastern Indiana.
When Richmond was settled in 1806 this land was acquired by Jeremiah Cox. In 1826 Cox sold his land to Charles and Elizabeth Starr, who were Quakers from Philadelphia. The Starrs then developed the area for commerce and industry. Charles Starr was instrumental in bringing the railroad to Richmond, donating the land for a train station. The Starr family also developed the Starr addition, Richmond’s first subdivision.
The neighborhood was laid out along the former Quaker Trace, now Fort Wayne Avenue. This road opened trade to Fort Wayne and was used in the Underground Railroad. Commerce was established with Cincinnati and it became a chief market for goods produced in Richmond. Until the coming of the railroad, goods were transported by wagon.
The district is the only commercial area of its size existing outside of Main Street. A few buildings date back to the mid-1860s, but the majority of the structures range from 1875 to 1910. The district is rich in architectural details with a concentration of Italianate motifs.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Station is the focal point of the district. It was designed in the office of Daniel Burnham, a world famous architect from Chicago. The building was built in 1902 and is Neo-Classical in style. The railroad station is the third such building on this site. Richmond was an important rail center with the Southwestern Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad headquartered here.
With the coming of the railroad a large number of buildings went up in the neighborhood. Along with the commercial interests, many of Richmond’s industries located here. Companies like Gaar, Scott and Company, and Dille-McGuire were international manufacturers.
Richmond Columbian Properties Inc. 2023 ArchiCamp for Kids Registration Form
Your son or daughter (ages 9-12) will be participating in ArchiCamp, June 27-28, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Richmond Columbian Properties Inc. at 204 North Tenth Street. He or she will be participating in various learning activities, a walking tour, visit two historic houses, two churches, the Wayne County Museum and the Depot District. He or she will be chaperoned by Board members and/or volunteers at all times. Lunch will be provided.
In order for your child to participate, the registration fee of $25.00 (check or money order) and this form must be filled out and returned to Richmond Columbian Properties Inc.P.O. Box 294, Richmond, IN 47375 by June 20, 2023.
Permission to Participate
My child,______________________________Age__________ , may participate in the ArchiCamp at the Richmond Columbian Properties Inc., June 27-28, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. I or a designated guardian agree to drop off my child at 9:00 a.m. and pick up my child at 3:00 p.m. both days.
Signature of Parent or Guardian and Date
Emergency name and number if parent cannot be reached
Food Allergies - No _____ Yes_____________________________________________
Each student will receive an ArchiCamp t-shirt with registration.
Participant’s t-shirt size Youth or Adult S M L XL
WAIVER OF LIABILITY
I now release Richmond Columbian Properties Inc., its Board of Directors, employees, volunteers, agents, and assigns from responsibility for any personal injuries and damages to property caused by or having any relation to this activity. I understand that this release applies to any present or future detected injuries from this activity and that it binds me, my children and my spouse. I have read this release and sign it voluntarily.
SIGNATURE OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN and DATE
Any questions call Rev. Marty Holman at 765-220-0803
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