Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Punta Gorda, Florida Follow up

ACL Punta Gorda Railroad Station  Front 

     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.

Door to White Waiting Room

     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.

Door to Colored Waiting Room

Plaque acknowledging the donation of the ACL Building by the Fred Babcock Family

     In December 12, 1990, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Back Porch

     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.

Downtown Kava

Freight Door

Couch and Freight Door

Inside Downtown Kava

Downtown Kava

     The front of the terminal features a small museum.

The following pictures were taken of the museum.

Exhibits of the Museum

Station Ticket Window

Ticket Window and Historic Pictures on the wall

Picture of Marion Street Punta Gorda

Picture of Famous Guests at the Punta Gorda Hotel

Shipping Cattle to Cuba

Historic Sign

Lanier Family Punta Gorda

The Lanier Family

Same as above

Side of the Terminal

Side of the Terminal Note old railroad signal

Ticket Station

Same as above

Front of Station

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