Roundhouse Update....A public meeting will be held March 8th, 2011 at 7pm at the Frankfort Community Library in the Skanta Theater located at 208 W. Clinton St. Frankfort Indiana. The firm Browning, Day, Mullins & DIerdorf Architects will be present to discuss the results of the feasibility study which was conducted last summer. They will share some ideas and answer questions from the community members on the future of the Frankfort NKP Roundhouse.
Tribute to the men and women of the Nickel Plate Road
of Frankfort Indiana
Feasibility study could hold fate of roundhouse
8/24/2010 Frankfort Times
Latest Roundhouse News (Making It Happen)
From Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects
Arsee Engineers has been at the site during the week of Hot Dog Fest for two days. They are assembling a report on the condition of the structure itself.
Browning Day Mullins & Dierdorf have been to the site and have done a picture inventory. The Frankfort library provided further research which allowed BDMD to assembled an accurate time line of the Roundhouse . A 1924 Sanborn Map (Historic Insurance Maps) from LeRoy Good are being used to further understand where the original roundhouse was located. Don Daily's drawings have been helpful and have been digitally scanned. A site map from David Little to develop a base site plan from. We are making good progress for being 2 weeks into the project officially on our end.
The Environmental Consultant can be qued up now to do their work. Their report will inform any constraints for us moving forward and also inform the Roundhouse group's schedule for grant applications and cleanup as
BDMD's next step is to create a site plan, do a site analysis, and understand fully what we have to work with, what our constraints are. The work of Scott Burgins, Jonathan Young and Arsee will inform what parts of the building should be sacrificed vs. that which should be saved. We are NOT going to get rid of historic fabric if we do not have to and understand that rubble can be rebuilt as we've done it many times.
Arsee engineers shown here taking pictures and making notes on the condition of the Roundhouse structure which will be submitted in a report to BDMD.
This past weekend members of the Frankfort Mid-West Rail Heritage Trust participated in the 16th annual Hot Dog Festival in downtown Frankfort Indiana. Our goal was to educate and answer questions of how our community would benefit having the Roundhouse restored. On display we had a model train complete with a miniature coal dock like the one at the NKP yards, a model of a roundhouse along with a video display of photos pertaining to the history of Frankfort and the Nickel Plate Road. Also on display were photo albums, magazines and other memorabilia.
We were amazed at how many people young and old who showed interest in the project and all of the stories they shared with us about how their fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers once worked in the Roundhouse or in the NKP yards. It seemed as though almost everyone had a connection to Frankfort’s rail history in one way or another. It was very evident from the hundreds of people who attended our booth that our community has an interest in the restoration of the NKP Frankfort Roundhouse.