Santa Fe Depot Visioning Process
Built in 1903, the Depot’s sandstone architecture is unique to Oklahoma, and the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. From 1982 until 2021, it served as a museum for railroad and local history.
Since the Depot was first acquired by the City of Shawnee, minor repairs have been made, but no major updates to the building have taken place. A study was completed that identified issues with the roof, exterior and interior water damage, and water infiltration into the stonework. These and other issues surrounding the Depot were discussed in a City Commission Study Session held on December 6, 2021.
The City of Shawnee is requesting your input on how to best utilize the property. To that end, Community Development staff is leading a community visioning process for the Santa Fe Depot. This process will include meetings with community groups (as desired), town hall meetings, an online survey, and a subsequent draft presentation to the City Commission on June 20, 2022, at 6:00 pm, where the community's vision for the Depot will be shared.
The City therefore invites you to participate in one of the identical Town Hall meetings, which are scheduled to take place in the City Commission Chamber at City Hall on the following dates:
- May 24, 2022 - 6 pm
- May 25, 2022 - 4 pm
- June 2, 2022 - 10 am
- June 8, 2022 - 11 am
- June 9, 2022 - 5:30 pm
To learn how you or your organization can participate in the visioning process for the Santa Fe Rail Depot, please contact the City of Shawnee’s Community Development Director Rian Harkins at 405-878-1665 or rian.harkins@ShawneeOK.org.