The Union Pacific railroad depot in North Lawrence has been placed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places.
Bob Moody, president of the Union Pacific Depot Management Board, said he received a letter Friday that certified the listing, which automatically nominates the depot for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
The management board, which is overseeing renovation of the city-owned structure, had sought to put the depot on the register so it would stand a better chance of receiving state grant money for its refurbishment, Moody said.
Last week, the city applied for a $440,000 Intermodal Surface Transportation Enhancement Act grant on behalf of the management board, Moody said. The grant stipulates that the city provide 20 percent of that amount, or $88,000. The city has allocated that money, Moody said.
One of the criteria analyzed for the ISTEA grant is whether the site in question is on the Register of Historic Kansas Places.
If the city receives the grant, it will provide enough money to complete work on the depot building, located on North Second Street at Maple and Locust streets, but not enough to complete the entire restoration project, Moody said.
Achieving a listing on the register just formalized what the management board knew all along: that the depot is a true historic landmark in Lawrence, Moody said.