Depot recognized for restoration

The International & Great Northern Railroad Passenger Depot has been named a finalist in the "best restoration" category for the 2009 Texas Downtown Association (TDA) President's Awards Program.

The best restoration award recognizes excellence in restoration of the interior or exterior of an existing building. Other finalists in the category are the Hepker Building in Bastrop and Whitmire & Whitmire Insurance in Wichita Falls.

Judging took place July 24 with a jury panel that included architects, Texas Historical Commission representative, a Texas Monthly editor and a marketing executive.

Finalists will make a presentation to the Texas Downtown Revitalization Conference in Tyler on Nov. 5. Winners will be announced at an awards gala later that evening. Si nc e 1998, t he TDA has recognized morethan150 projects,events andpeople whomakea difference in Texas downtowns.

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