Watch below to hear the owner speak about her love of the building, the 3-year restoration and the unlikely rediscovery of the stained glass windows:
The historic Ashton Depot (originally the Santa Fe Depot) was opened on March 1, 1899 in response to a growing demand for railroad service in Fort Worth. It has both witnessed and contributed to over a century of Texas memories. Built during a time when train lines were expanding cross-country and passenger travel was heavy, The Depot served as a relief for nearby stations and a victory in local architectural design. In the early days, passengers traveled for necessity, as trains or wagons were the primary modes of transportation, but by the 1920’s, rail stations were “roaring,” as was the rest of the country. Oil was booming, wealth abounded,and people began using train travel for leisure purposes.
In 1937 The Depot was renovated and “modernized” as part of an extensive program undertaken by the Fort Worth Union Passenger Station and the Santa Fe Railroad. The station served several lines until 1960, when the Santa Fe became the sole railroad using the facility. Amtrak operated passenger rail service out of the station between 1973 and 1995. Additionally, The Depot was listed both in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1970.
Today, the neoclassical Beaux Arts-Style terminal has been restored to its original beauty and distinctiveness. The original stained glass windows, barrel-vaulted ceilings, and marble floors are stunning, emanating an atmosphere of effortless style and grace. Although the name of the architect remains a mystery, we do know that the structure was built by the contracting firm of Smith and Bardon during the late 1800’s.
Now a full service event venue, The Ashton Depot boasts a creative and talented culinary & service team led by Executive Chef Cesar Gallegos. Whether you are hosting a wedding, engagement party, rehearsal dinner or a corporate event, gala, auction, or cocktail reception, The Ashton Depot is a beautiful and unique choice.