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2005 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award Recipients

Downtown Lima, Inc. / 
  LJB Inc. / Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects receives award
Downtown Lima, Inc. / LJB Inc. / Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects

Built in 1887 to serve the needs of freight and passenger traffic on the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Lima Train Depot closed in 1990 after more than 100 years of service to the community. As the city's last remaining passenger station, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making the owner, Downtown Lima Incorporated, eligible to apply for a 20 percent federal income tax credit on expenses related to rehabilitating it. To qualify for the tax credit, the design team, local architects LJB Inc., and Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects of Akron, followed the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, a set of guidelines used nationwide for work to historic buildings. The project has given the building a useful new life while preserving the beamed ceiling, woodwork, train platform, and other features that contribute to its Victorian character. Completed in May 2004, the refurbished Depot now houses the City of Lima Utilities Department Customer Service Center.

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