The Depot History
When Dr. Worley decided he needed a new office, he retained the services of Harry Teeter, Jr.. Mr. Teeter, of the Woodlands, Texas, specializes in functional and theme design of offices for pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. He has designed regular and specialty dental offices for over 40 years in almost every state in the country.
Dr. Worley and Mr. Teeter first met in April 1997 and it took only a few minutes for Mr. Teeter to discover Dr. Worley’s fascination for train history. The two spent an enjoyable afternoon going through train books, magazines, and old photos from Dr. Worley’s library. By the end of the day, they selected the architectural and interior flavor, the caboose play area for the children, engineer style uniforms and caps, and a unique name. “The Dental Depot” was born, and the detailed planning began.
Keeping the train depot theme in mind, Mr. Teeter designed the floor plan. He modeled the check-in area after an antique ticket window and incorporated the caboose into the overall design.
In June 1997, a Lake Charles Architect, Randy M. Goodloe, AIA was selected to develop the architectural flavor and property site plan into state-of-the-art pediatric dentistry and orthodontic office construction plans.
Dr. Worley located most of the train and depot items featured in the office decor during his travels. The photo to the left shows the passenger car “G. St. C:”, which was used for Barbara Mandrel’s character, Gilda St. Clair, when she starred in an episode of “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.”
This passenger car was built specifically for the show, had been in storage ever since the filming, and was for sale. It was nicely detailed with brass, painting colors and had four solid oak pews inside.
With his vision of the children’s play area in mind, Dr. Worley purchased the train car, the tracks, and crossties directly underneath. He had it loaded onto a flatbed 18-wheeler, and delivered to Lake Charles. Arrangements were made to have a cupola built on the train-car roof so that it could be converted into a caboose. The crossties and tracks were set next to the prepared building and the new caboose offloaded and secured. The children’s caboose play area is entered from the reception room.
Other featured items of the interior include, an antique ticket window of intricate mahogany and brass, depot bench seating of solid oak and cast iron, and some collected lamps, lanterns and crossing lights. An antique luggage cart sits in the planter area of the covered passenger (patient) unloading area.
As a keep sake, Dr. Worley has a videotape of the “Dr.Quinn Medicine Woman” episode with the original
“G. St. C” passenger car.