About the Knox Gallery
The Benjamin Knox Gallery,
located within the College Station Depot
The surprisingly large gallery facility is the National Art Gallery Headquarters of Benjamin Knox, American Artist and Texas Aggie Class of ’90. There are continually changing art exhibits and opportunities for collectors to acquire a Benjamin Knox original work of art or fine art prints.
The Frame Shop in the gallery is #1 for diploma framing. We also specialize in framing Benjamin’s artwork and other pieces you bring in. Benjamin is the originator and creator of Aggie Art that’s framed with diplomas, including the Aggie Ring (customized with your class year) and the Academic Building.
The facility offers two separate gallery rooms available for event rental, the Depot and the Event Room. The newly renovated College Station Depot is now a large open art gallery space that can accommodate 120 people for a sit down meal and 200 people for a standing reception in one room. The Event Room is an intimate and private separate art gallery space that can accommodate 50 people for a sit down meal and 80 people for a standing reception. You can rent both rooms to facilitate your event needs. See EVENT RENTAL for more information.
Wine Depot Bar
The glassed in porch of the Depot and spacious adjoining decks with exterior seating houses the Wine Depot Bar. Our wine menu boasts over 100 different types of wines and beer. We are a retailer, so you can enjoy your wine here while touring the gallery, or take it with you. We release new wines, available in wine flights and also by the glass, every Thursday, 7:00-10:00, with live music. This is a great place to meet friends!
The College Station Depot · A Unique Texas Landmark
The main building of the gallery is the rebuilt historic College Station train depot. He designed the adjoining buildings in the same colorful train depot style combined with Texas vernacular stonework. Included on the beautifully landscaped facility grounds is railroad memorabilia, featuring a 1905 antique caboose.
Benjamin Knox was drawn to rebuild the College Station train depot because of its historical significance to Texas A&M and the city. Texas A&M was established in 1876 in the Brazos Valley mainly because of the existing available train service. The original location of the depot marked the main entrance to the campus in front of the Academic Building. The train conductor would yell “All out for the college- College Station!” In 1883 a small Victorian structure was built as a depot, and the Southern Pacific Railroad replaced it with a more prominent building in 1900 (which is what the gallery is modeled after). In 1938 the City of College Station became incorporated and derived its name from the College Station Depot. To add historical significance, the event was held at the depot. The use of the automobile eventually replaced passenger train travel, and by 1958, the College Station Depot was no longer in use. It sat dormant until it was destroyed in 1966 due to the widening of Wellborn Road.
Benjamin’s vision of bringing back the depot became a reality in 2001 after six years of intensive research, dedication, and perseverance. It was dedicated by Texas Governor Rick Perry, State Representative Fred Brown, Texas A&M President Ray Bowen, Mayor Lynn McIlhaney, Margaret Rudder (wife of James Earl Rudder), and other distinguished guests.