Kirkwood’s historic Train Station was built in 1893 and is one of the City’s most enduring and beloved buildings. It brims with historical memories from the past 125 years. Its design harkens to a time from the distant, perhaps more genteel, past, and it is immediately recognizable by residents and visitors alike.
In December 2003, the City of Kirkwood purchased the Train Station. In 2002, Amtrak was on the verge of closing the Station as part of cost-cutting efforts. Not wanting to lose this vibrant and essential downtown icon and meeting place, the City bought the building. It has been staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers ever since.
Foundation Mission: The mission of the Historic Kirkwood Train Station Foundation is to seek ongoing funding sources for needed maintenance and construction projects for the preservation of the Kirkwood Train Station.
Renovation: In 2013, a Train Station committee was established and charged with studying the building’s needs, to ensure its viability into the future. Retired Kirkwood Chief Administrative Officer Mike Brown served as President, and subcommittees were charged with investigating the building’s condition and submitting a preliminary report. Kirkwood’s City Council and the entire Train Station committee then toured the Station to see firsthand what needed to be done to sustain and protect the structure.