A Framework for the conservation of Eğirdir train station complex and its integration to the city

Sinan, Ali
Railways are one of the most important factors affecting the geography in social, cultural and economic terms. Station areas and the areas surrounding the stations, where railways come into contact with the city and the citizens, are today an important part of our industrial heritage. The last station of the İzmir-Aydın line, which is the first railway of Anatolia, is Eğirdir Train Station Complex, and it is an important cultural asset worth investigating in this context. The complex, which was constructed and commissioned by the British in 1912, is located in a valuable area of 360.000 m2. The station building maintains its complex integrity with a total of eight buildings, including a station building, cer building, warehouse building, water reservoir, guest house, office (old wagon), bunkhouse, toilet and a steel bridge. In 2001, Eğirdir Train Station Complex was decided to cease operating by Turkish State Railways accordingly with the transportation policies of the Republic of Turkey. The complex, which was registered as immovable cultural property in 2002 but left to disappear, is one of the 25 stations included in the scope of privatization in 2009. The station, some of which was put up for sale in 2014, was returned to Turkish State vi Railways by the privatization administration, together with the actions of the local people. Most of the Station Complexes built outside the city remain in the center of the city and the land values have increased considerably. This is particularly dangerous for abandoned stations. The main subject of this study is to carry out researches and documentation studies on the historical, social, economic and political dimensions of Eğirdir Railway Station Complex and its surroundings, which started to operate in 1912, from urban to building scale; also to develop recommendations for the conservation and reuse of the area in order to prevent harmful interference.


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Citation Formats
A. Sinan, “A Framework for the conservation of Eğirdir train station complex and its integration to the city,” Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences. Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Architecture., Middle East Technical University, 2019.