Big Four Depot

Also known as: 157-333-37272
200 N. 2nd St, Lafayette, Indiana

Relocated to a plaza as part of a major rail relocation project, now serves Amtrak


View southeast showing the depot, platform and contemporary landscaping.

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey



The building is significant as an example of early twentieth century commercial architecture and for its association with transportation history in the midwest. The Big Four Depot in Lafayette is one of only two similar structures in Indiana, which were once part of the New York Central System. It is an excellent example of the type of passenger buildings erected by the railroads in small and medium-sized communities during the early part of the twentieth century. For many years the station was one of several which served local passengers in Lafayette. It represented the presence of the New York Central line, a major artery from Cincinnati to Chicago. As a major stop on this important line, Lafayette's commercial interests and prestige were considered enhanced. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 2003
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Romanesque
Areas of significance
Architecture; Transportation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current functions
Rail-related; Road-related
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant year


20th Century (29,077)
Brick (42,462)
Buckeye Chum Company (1)
Built 1902 (792)
Built during 1900s (9,246)
Indiana (2,067)
Lafayette, Indiana (30)
Limestone (8,192)
Moved (2,188)
Owned by local government (11,501)
Railroad (1,801)
Railroad depot (1,416)
Romanesque (2,715)
Slate (5,715)
Tippecanoe County, Indiana (47)
Victorian (19,697)

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2018: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • December 1, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
  • May 12, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER