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Restored Indiana depot could become children's museum

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Monday, January 21, 2013 - 8:02 am

RICHMOND — An eastern Indiana couple who restored a century-old railroad depot says the building could be turned into a children's museum or a banquet hall.

Roger and Theresa Richert bought the depot for $75,000 and financed the restoration of the now 111-year-old brick building with help of public funds.

Roger Richert tells the Palladium-Item the historic space would be free to the Treehouse-Richmond Children's Museum if it can line up funding to turn the space into a museum.

That group would need to raise about $500,000 to complete renovation work on the depot's walls and ceilings and to install a sprinkler system and restrooms.

If the children's museum group cannot secure funding, Richert says he's ready to pursue an alternate proposal of turning the depot into a banquet hall.