Resource Number: 99Historic Building Name: Denver & Rio Grande Railroad DepotCurrent Building Name: Giuseppe's Depot Restaurant/Depot Office Supply/My Real Estate Broker/et alAddress: 10 S. Sierra Madre St.Architectural Style: Late Victorian/Queen AnneYear Built: 1887
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This building is significant for its role in the transportation industry, serving as the depot for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad between 1887 and 1971. The railroad, established and led by town founder General William Jackson Palmer, was constructed as a narrow gauge line, connecting Denver with El Paso, Texas, and eventually linking with Mexico City. The narrow gauge was 36" between rails, compared to the standard gauge of 50.5", and was expanded to include a third rail by 1881. Construction began in Denver, and arrived in Colorado Springs in January 1872.
The depot was built several years later in 1887; Frederick J. Sterner of Denver was the architect. It served as a combined passenger/freight railroad depot. It is defined as a Late Victorian/Queen Anne style; the central cupola was removed, then recreated at a later date. The building now serves as a restaurant with other commercial offices. State Register eligible.