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Renovation Underway For Historic Astoria Depot

Since the last passenger train left the city in 1952, the nearly century-old Astoria Depot has been sitting idle. It was given to the nearby nonprofit Columbia River Maritime Museum in the 1980s by Burlington Northern Railroad. Now a much needed renovation is underway on the 6,500-square-foot brick building that is designated as historic by the Astoria Historic Landmark Commission.

Astoria Station
Nearly 100 years old and now owned by the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Astoria Depot is being renovated to become a boat making classroom, community meeting spaces and a chandlery that sells boat supplies.

D&R Masonry Restoration is working with general contractor Bremik Construction to make the structure useful again.

"The number one thing is to renovate the facade of the building," says Bremik President Brent Parry. He adds that, because of the damp climate in Astoria, buildings are extremely susceptible to water infiltration and that affects the structural integrity of the structures.

D&R is taking care of much of the exterior work on the building by grinding out old mortar between the bricks and tuckpointing the entire 18,000 square feet of the exterior. Miscellaneous patching of problem spots in the concrete band is the final part of the job.

When completed late this fall, the building will house boat making programs and workshops sponsored by the Maritime Museum for students and the public, a chandlery that sells boat provisions and supplies and meeting spaces.

"Working on historic buildings is a specialty of ours," says Dan Elkins, Vice President of D&R. "It is a pains taking process that requires skill and experience. But, when completed, those old structures look great again."

Astoria Station
Nearly 100 years old and now owned by the Columbia River Maritime Museum.





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