Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co (B & O) – 901 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD

Posted By On 6 Apr 2015
B & O Railroad in Baltimore, MD with North Country Unfading Black slate roof

North Country Slate has been servicing the Maryland market for over 20 years. One of our more notable slate roof projects was the restoration of the B&O Museum in Baltimore.

The Roundhouse was built in 1884 for $100,471.97.  This massive circular structure is 245 feet in diameter, 135 feet high, 46,000 square feet and takes up almost 1 acre.  Designed by architect, Ephraim Francis Balwin, the Roundhouse was originally built as a passenger car shop and later became the B&O Museum.  Recognized as the birthplace of American railroading, some of the oldest railroad artifacts make up the collection.

On February 16, 2003, a major snow storm dumped 28 inches of snow in Baltimore.  The roof collapsed as a result of the weight of drifting snow which was nearly six feet in depth.   Within a day, the entire roof caved in destroying important historic locomotives.

The rebuilding of the Roundhouse began immediately. Care was taken when selecting slate to match the museum’s original high-quality Pennsylvania peach-bottom. Built on a 6:12 slope, 550 squares of our North Country Unfading Black slate, 22” x 10” and 22” x 14” x ¼” was supplied for this project.

As the slate roofing supplier for this project, North Country Slate received a Heritage Preservation Award in recognition of the restoration of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad museum roundhouse which was presented by the Board of Directors of Baltimore Heritage, Inc.

 

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