A photograph of Chattanoogas Terminal Station, taken between 1909 and 1912. (Photo: Library of Congress)
Chattanooga Choo-Choo owners have announced plans for renovations to the historical Terminal Station.
Choo-Choo Partners will also hand ownership of the dome portion of the station to Cornerstones Inc., Chattanoogas only nonprofit historical preservation organization.
Cornerstones Inc. will kick off a $1 million fundraising campaign to complete the Terminal Station renovation. Choo-Choo Partners has committed$350,000 to the project.
This is such an exciting time for historic preservation in Chattanooga, Cornerstones Inc. Executive Director Ann Gray said. We are proud to take ownership of this iconic historic property and show by example how historic properties can be saved and restored through a private and public partnership.
In 1909, Terminal Station replaced the aging Central Depot. Known for its beautiful lobby and the signature grand dome, the station has been visited by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Elvis Presley, William Jennings Bryan and others.
The beautiful grand dome in the lobby of what is now the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. (Photo: London Looks, Flickr)
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