Ford Motor Company engaged EverGreene Architectural Arts to revive the most significant areas of the train depot, including the main waiting area, arcade, ticket lobby, and restaurant.
The project includes the replication and restoration of approximately 56,000 square feet of decorative plasterwork, a distinguishing feature of the station’s Beaux-Arts architecture. Plaster covers most of the building’s first floor and was made to look like stone, a cost-saving measure at the time of construction. EverGreene will preserve and clean the original plaster and design and fabricate new plaster where needed.
The 18-month project will use three plaster techniques: traditional three-coat plaster, ornamental plaster, and veneer plaster, and will require replicating more than 3,000 cast plaster pieces, including the coffers, medallions, and rosettes that adorn the waiting room’s walls and ceilings. The work will be choreographed in a way that creates a seamless transition of old and new in the areas most visible to visitors.
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