630-406-5274 | 155 Houston Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is an expansion needed to fulfill the Depot Museum’s mission?

It has become harder for the Depot Museum to accommodate a growing collection, lack of exhibit space, changing audio/visual formats, curatorial space and technology.

How will the project improve the experience or educational opportunities of school children and families?

The Depot Museum will continue to partner with Batavia Schools and the 3rd grade Batavia project and offer authentic research experiences for older students.  Partnerships with state and national museums will bring exhibits offering programs and exhibits to increase student achievement.

What changes are planned for the museum campus?

The museum campus will be expanding to both sides of the Fox River Bike Trail.  The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad caboose, U.S. Wind and Pump water tower will be moving to the west side of the path and the Coffin Bank will be moving slightly north to accommodate the new expansion.  We are going to honor the integrity of the existing Depot’s 1854 Gothic Revival style while building the new structure.

What is the cost of the expansion?

The Depot is on the National Registry of Historic Places so the historic integrity of the building must be maintained by following local, state and national standards.  Moving the caboose, water tower, Coffin Bank, site development and improvements, specialized materials for construction of the addition and ensuring ADA compliance projects the estimated cost to between 1.5 to 2 million dollars.

When will the project be completed and how are funds being raised?

The goal is to break ground in 2020 if funds are available. Funding will come from a range of sources, including individual donors, grants from foundations, bequests, community fundraising events, and specified gifts. Please note that this project will not increase property taxes.

How can I contribute or get more information?

By Mail: Batavia Historical Society, P.O. Box 14, Batavia, IL 60510

On-line: Visit bataviahistoricalsociety.org

Further Questions?  Contact one of the following:

Dan Hoeffler, Expansion Committee Chairman, [email protected], (630) 406-7884

Jennifer Putzier, Director of the Batavia Depot Museum at [email protected], (630) 406-5274


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