Wells Depot Museum

Wells, MN | Government + Cultural

Overview

The restoration of the Wells Depot Museum was completed to preserve the building as a city landmark and serve as a museum for the City's Historical Society collections. It was awarded the 2010 Minnesota Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse.


Solution

The project included a complete restoration of the roof, back to the original design of cedar shakes and cedar rain gutters. The paint on the exterior brick was removed to expose the original brick color. An ADA ramp and restrooms now make the building universally accessible. New storm windows preserve the existing repaired windows. New HVAC and plumbing systems brought the building up to modern standards while maintaining the historic aesthetics.

Designated on the Register of National Historic Places, the building was abandoned for many years and became damaged from the prolonged exposure without restorations. This century-old depot now has new life, showcasing the history of the Wells area.


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