The author previously composed a blog on the Punta Gorda Railroad Station. At that time, the building was occupied by a small museum and an antique store.
The depot was built in 1928 for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad It replaced earlier depots built by the Florida Southern Railroad. It is one of the 6 surviving Neo Spanish depots built for the Atlantic Coast Line. Rail service ended to Punta Gorda in 1971. The building was purchased by Fred Babcock. He donated it to the Punta Gorda Historical Society in 1996.
In December 12, 1990, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places
In 2021, the depot underwent a renovation of its exterior costing. $344, 729.
The antique store no longer occupies the former freight portion of the terminal. In its place is an upscale coffee house. It features the finest options of coffee,tea, Kava and elixir. It is Punta Gorda’s only Kava Bar. Its name is Downtown Kava. The managers are Ryan G. Desrosiers, Sarah E. Desrosiers, Tony Y. Nguyen. The staff is friendly and helpful.
There is a large bar, tables and couches. Thre is an outdoor patio with tables and couches.
The following are pictures of the Downtown Kava.
The front of the terminal features a small museum.
The following pictures were taken of the museum.