Building Description: Designed by A.M. Griffin and built in 1924 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, the Wilson station is an excellent example of Flemish style architecture with Spanish terra cotta roof tiles. The city acquired the one-story brick structure and the nearby REA building in 1994 from CSX Transportation. The station is part of Wilson's Downtown Historic District.
Project Overview: Rehabilitation of the existing station was accomplished in two phases. In Phase I, the station was completely rebuilt and modernized while restoring the original architecture. The station now houses an Amtrak ticket office, waiting room, baggage room and vending area. The renovation included construction of a new ADA-compliant platform, as well as construction of a new connecting canopy between the station and the platform. Phase I construction began in December 1996, and the renovated station opened June 19, 1998.
In Phase II, the City and State added long-term parking facilities, and landscaped and renovated the adjacent REA building for use as a police substation. Phase II construction was completed in April 2003.
Phase III canopy restoration.....
The North Carolina Department of Transportation commissioned a 16' by 10' mural for the station's waiting room, which depicts 100 years of railroad history in Wilson. Chapel Hill artist Michael Brown completed and installed this beautiful mural in 1999.
Financing: Phase I: $1,342,000 enhancement funds; Phase II: $1,150,000 enhancement funds.