The historic Union Pacific Depot in Manhattan, Kansas, a state and national historic register listing, underwent a phased improvement process between 1998-2006. A Heritage Trust Fund grant from the Kansas State Historical Society, two TEA-21 Grants, plus local and private matching funds have been used.
Foundation repair and stabilization procedures plus brick platform improvements were completed in Phase 1. The Phase 2 TEA-21 Grant and matching funds from the City of Manhattan and the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance allowed completion of the clay tile roof replacement, complete exterior repainting, restoration of the windows and doors, miscellaneous tuckpointing/repair, hazardous materials abatement, restructuring of a portion of the roof, electrical service installation and the structural support system for the replacement of the original tower. Phase 3 completed the building restoration under the auspices of a TEA-21 Grant and replaced the tower, totally refinished the main hall, baggage room and restrooms.
A landmark building, it is heavily used as a community meeting center. This project is a 2002 and 2006 recipient of an Award of Excellence in Historic Preservation from the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance, 2006 Honor Award in Historic Preservation from AIA Kansas, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects and an Award of Excellence from the Kansas Preservation Alliance in 2006.