Pere Marquette Depot

The Bay Area Community Foundation is happy to call the Pere Marquette Depot its home. Rescued from damage caused by years of neglect, the Depot was completely restored in 2008.

Pere Marquette Depot

History of the Depot

Originally opened in March 1904 during a period of expansion for the Pere Marquette Railroad Company, the Depot was closed by the railroad in 1951. Two years later, the Depot was renovated for use by the Greyhound Busy Company which operated from the “modernized” building until 1969. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Structures in 1982 to protect it from demolition.

The Great Lakes Center Foundation purchased the Depot in 2003 and began an extensive $6.2 million restoration. During the process, the water tower, canopy, and porte cochere were reconstructed, and the waiting room was returned to its original two-story design. In June 2008, the Depot was open for the first time in nearly 40 years.


All Aboard! The Depot Today

The Great Lakes Center Foundation has gifted the Depot to the Bay Area Community Foundation to provide a permanent home for our organization. The Foundation’s Great Lakes Bay College and Career Resource Center is also located in the building on the first floor.


Where We’re Going

Building a robust endowment fund to assure that the historic Pere Marquette Depot remains a Bay Area treasure for years to come

Pere Marquette Depot brochure

Ownership of this magnificent building, a stunning example of prairie architecture, has recently been entrusted to the Foundation. We are working hard to grow the Depot’s endowment fund to continue to protect, preserve, and prepare for the future for this Bay County landmark.

Based on annual operating costs, maintenance, and repairs, an endowment fund of $650,000 is needed.

Pere Marquette Depot Capital Campaign Update

 Donate to the Depot Fund Here


Please Come Along

Generous donors have come forward with matching funds so your donation goes even further

The Labadie Challenge

Gary and Glenda Labadie

Now through the end of 2018, Gary & Glenda Labadie have offered a 1:1 match for every dollar committed to the Pere Marquette Depot Endowment Fund, up to a total of $50,000. What a great way to double the impact of your gift!

Challenge details:

  • Commitments must be made by the end of 2018
  • Commitments may be paid over three years

Join the Conductors Society

We invite you to join our Conductors Society with your gift today at one of the following levels:

  • Station Master $10,000+
  • Conductor $5,000
  • Engineer $2,500
  • Switchman $1,000

To learn more about these levels of commitment and to join us on the journey, call us at 989.893.4438.

 Donate to the Depot Fund Here

The Depot as an Event Space

The 1904 room of the Pere Marquette Depot is available to rent for:

  • Baby and Bridal Showers
  • Weddings
  • Meetings
  • Graduation Parties
  • Family Reunions
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Pere Marquette Depot - Bay City, MI

Pere Marquette Depot in Downtown Bay City

Summer Office Hours:
Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri. 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

1000 Adams St., Suite 200
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: 989.893.4438
Email: bacfnd@bayfoundation.org
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