Following his gallery’s success and the presidential library commission, a more financially stable Knox had time to expand on his personal interests. Architecturally, he had plans for a personal project. The iconic “College Station” train depot for which the town was named had been destroyed when Wellborn Road expanded, and not even the sign was salvaged. As a passionate College Station historian, Knox wanted to reconstruct the lost icon on University Drive.
“I went to the city council with a packet I designed with a proposal for the reconstruction project,” Knox recalled. “On the front, it said, ‘One of the most important buildings to the history of Texas A&M and the city of College Station was destroyed in 1966. And I’m bringing it back.’”
After months of architectural design inspired by historical photographs and sketches, the Benjamin Knox Gallery was dedicated in November 2001, with Margaret Rudder, Texas A&M President Ray Bowen ’58 and Gov. Rick Perry in attendance. In the years since the gallery’s opening, Knox has become more involved with Texas A&M, teaching art classes for the Department of Visualization, creating commissioned paintings for campus spaces and photographing as many events as he can. “If you name it, I’ve been in the middle of it,” he laughed.