Even for those that age gracefully, after a hundred years a facelift may be in order. That was the case for the Mount Dora Historic Train Depot.
Originally built in 1915, the depot's renovation was ten years in the making and cleared many hurdles before construction finally began in 2014. The project was completed earlier this month.
The renovation, funded largely by a grant by Mount Dora Community Trust, gracefully transformed the former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot into a beautiful event venue while maintaining its historic character. The most striking feature of the building, placed on the National Register of Historic Places, are the large sliding cargo doors adjacent to the train tracks and the warm pine floors. The local contractor, Mint Construction, along with Leesburg architect, James Senatore, succeeded in keeping the depot's original historic detail.
The building, in the heart of downtown on Alexander Street, has long been home to the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce and the warm setting now provides a venue option for weddings, parties, and business seminars. It will be available for rental by the the chamber for $260-$320 for three hours with additional hours available.