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

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

By     Apr 6th, 2015
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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.

 

By     Apr 6th, 2015
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Sheena Owen

Sheena Owen began working for North Country Slate on October 12, 1999. As the Sales Coordinator, Sheena’s day to day duties include providing customer service, new business development, inside sales, handling all cross-border customs issues/documentation, arranging shipments, health and safety representation and social media marketing. Sheena graduated from the University of Guelph in 1992 with a BA in English and Drama and in 1995 graduated with a Diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Centennial College. Sheena’s first job was the Producer’s Assistant for TV shows including Robocop, F/X The Series and Nikita. She went on to becoming an Assistant Manager at Eddie Bauer. In her spare time, Sheena enjoys traveling, gardening, volunteering at her local soccer club and cheering on her kids at their sporting events.

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