Redlands Santa Fe Depot District

The Redlands Santa Fe Depot District is a historic commercial district located in downtown Redlands. The district is centered on Redlands' Santa Fe Railway depot, which was established in 1888. The current station building, a Classical Revival structure, was built in 1909-10 to replace the original depot and lost passenger service in 1938. The buildings surrounding the station represent many of the important components of the city's economy, particularly the orange packing industry. Several packing houses remain from the city's heyday as an orange packing center, forming one of the largest remaining groups of orange packing houses in the Inland Empire. A number of the other buildings were used by growers' associations and other groups in the citrus industry. The district also includes three buildings from the city's historic Chinatown, which thrived from the 1880s through the 1920s after Chinese immigrants came to Redlands to build the railroad.[2]

Redlands Santa Fe Depot District
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Redlands Santa Fe Depot District is located in California
Redlands Santa Fe Depot District
Redlands Santa Fe Depot District is located in the United States
Redlands Santa Fe Depot District
LocationRoughly bounded by Stuart Ave., N. 5th St., Redlands Blvd., Eureka St. and the SFRR tracks, Redlands, California
Coordinates34°3′31″N 117°10′57″W / 34.05861°N 117.18250°W / 34.05861; -117.18250Coordinates: 34°3′31″N 117°10′57″W / 34.05861°N 117.18250°W / 34.05861; -117.18250
Area20 acres (8.1 ha)
NRHP reference #91001535[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 29, 1991

The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 29, 1991, and the California Points of Historical Interest.[1]

The depot was purchased from Krikorian Theatres founder George Krikorian by a real estate development company with ties to Esri executives in September 2017.[3] (Esri is also funding a train station next to its nearby headquarters.)[4] Due to the new ownership, the depot may be restored and integrated with[5] a planned adjacent Arrow rail station.[6]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Wright, Judy; Stoddard, Mary (July 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Redlands Santa Fe Depot District". National Park Service. Retrieved May 1, 2015. Accompanied by photos.
  3. ^ Emerson, Sandra (2017-11-15). "What new ownership at Redlands Santa Fe Depot could mean to future rail service". Redlands Daily Facts. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  4. ^ Emerson, Sandra (2017-11-07). "Passenger rail project remains priority for Rail to Redlands Working Group". Redlands Daily Facts. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  5. ^ Emerson, Sandra (2017-12-07). "City now has a name for the planned rail station in downtown Redlands". Redlands Daily Facts. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  6. ^ "Redlands Passenger Rail Project" (PDF). SANBAG. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2016-03-16.

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