Depot in preservation contest on Facebook

The Wayzata Depot is in a Facebook popularity contest. Submitted Photo.


The Wayzata Depot is one of 25 historic places competing in Facebook voting contest for funding from American Express and National Trust for Historic Preservation

The City of Wayzata is happy to announce that American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation just named the Wayzata Depot as one of only 25 local historic places selected to participate in Partners in Preservation and are eligible to receive preservation funding from American Express.

Beginning September 20th until October 12th, the Wayzata Depot will be competing in a Facebook voting contest, with a total of $1 million in grants going towards preservation projects. The public will be voting for the places they want receive funding at The historic place that receives most votes is guaranteed to receive funding. If the Wayzata Depot wins, the City would look to replace the aging roof and repaint the building.

About Partners in Preservation

Launched in 2006, Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has awarded $5.5 million over a five-year period toward preserving 56 historic places throughout the United States. American Express renewed its commitment to Partners in Preservation in 2010 by pledging $10 million toward the program over the next five years. Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places. The program also seeks to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic sites at the heart of their communities.

About the Wayzata Depot

The Tudor revival Style railway station built for the Great Northern Railroad in 1906 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a local heritage preservation site. Designed by the St. Paul architect Samuel L. Bartlett (1868-1944), it was intended to reflect the prestige of the Great Northern as well as Wayzata’s economic and social character.

The Wayzata Depot is a significant example of small town train depots that were common across Minnesota at the turn of the century. The Depot was the result of a decades-long confrontation between the community and James J. Hill, who owned the Great Northern Railroad. Hill constructed the first depot outside the downtown, but after a long battle the City prevailed and this English Tudor style Depot was constructed in 1906 as the primary stop for all passenger rail. The building is now home to Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wayzata Historical Society, which displays train memorabilia and other historical information. The Depot and its grounds also serve as a major destination point for the community, hosting a garden model railroad, community concerts, and the docking terminus for the Steamboat Minnehaha. For more information, visit

Stay tuned to, your Wayzata Depot Facebook popularity contest leader.

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