MD -- Silver Spring -- B&O Railroad Station (8100 Georgia Ave.):
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Description of Subject Matter: Architectural Significance
The Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station is significant for its association with the transportation-related growth and development of Silver Spring as the key suburban connection for train and automobile traffic, and for Silver Spring's development as a suburban area with close ties to the growth of Washington, D.C. The station - the only 20th century railroad station in Montgomery County and one of only two 20th century B&O stations extant in Maryland - represents the evolution of Silver Spring from a small country town centered around the railroad depot to a major transportation, retail, and residential suburb. Located just seven miles from the U.S. Capitol, the station served the commuter and long-distance needs of suburban residents for over 50 years and the station site represents more than 120 years of continuous passenger rail service by the B&O, Amtrak, and MARC rail lines.
At the completion of its extensive restoration efforts, Montgomery Preservation hosted a rededication ceremony for the B&O Station. Read more
An example of standardized institutional design for railroad stations of the mid-20th century, the station embodies the distinctive characteristics of the Colonial Revival style in its construction materials and details. Its classically simple exterior retains the hipped slate roof, fan light dormers, and double-hung windows with granite sills and keystones of the original construction. The station's interior retains the original recessed fluorescent lighting, modern open front ticket counter, terrazzo floor, wall clocks, parcel lockers, wooden desks, and tubular chrome chairs, providing a rare view of passenger railroad service during the middle of the 20th century.
Reuse of the Station
Montgomery Preservation, Inc., owner of the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, has returned to public use the Silver Spring station as a historic site that, by its architecture, furnishings, and activ ...More...
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2007 photos: Equipment this year: I used the Fuji S9000 almost exclusively except for the period when it broke and I had to send it back for repairs. In August, I bought a Canon Rebel Xti, my first digital SLR (vs regular digital) which I tried as well but I wasn't that excited by it.
Trips this year: Two weeks down south (including Graceland, Shiloh, VIcksburg, and New Orleans), a week at a time share in Costa Rica over my 50th birthday, a week off for a family reunion in the Wisconsin Dells (with sidetrips to Dayton, Springfield, and Madison), a week in San Diego for the Comic-Con with a side trip to Michigan for two family reunions, a drive up to Niagara Falls, a couple of weekend jaunts including the Civil War Preservation Trust Grand Review in Vicksburg, and a December journey to three state capitols (Richmond, Raleigh, and Columbia). I saw sites in 18 states and 3 other countries this year -- the first year I'd been to more than two other countries since we lived in Venezuela when I was a little toddler.
Ego strokes: A photo that I took at the National Archives was used as the author photo on the book jacket for David A. Nichols' "A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution." I became a volunteer photographer at both Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and the Civil War Preservation Trust (later renamed "Civil War Trust")..
Number of photos taken this year: 225,000.
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