Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County
Designed by noted railroad architect Bradford Lee Gilbert, the Oyster Bay Train Station (1889) is a locally designated landmark that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Significant for its association to both President Theodore Roosevelt and the history of Long Island railroading, it ceased operation as a station in 1999 and was acquired by the Town of Oyster Bay in 2004 after the formation of its stewarding organization, the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum. The site has been subject to extensive planning and assessment and is ready for restoration and museum conversion. However, there is a lack of collaborative support and planning to begin a shovel-ready project. The building is threatened by inertia that allows slow deterioration to continue through lack of regular use.
• Threatened by inertia that allows slow deterioration through lack of regular use
• Oyster Bay Railroad Museum has raised $700k to begin Phase 1 of restoration project
• Plans for a final fundraiser push is underway, energy is high for restoration and reuse
• Listing has brought public attention to site’s significance and threat