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Chesapeake Beach Railroad Engine House, 21 Yost Place, Seat Pleasant, Prince George's County, MD



B&W Photos

HB597943
View South, Showing North Elevation Photocopy Of Photograph, Pre-1971 (collection Of Mr

HB597944
View South, North Elevation Showing Bays 2 And 3, Diesel And Turntable Photocopy Of Photograph, 1976 (courtesy Of Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum; Roy Hartman, Photographer)

HB597945
View Southeast, Northeast Corner Of Engine House In Relation To Shops And Turntable Photocopy Of Photograph, 1940 (courtesy Of Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum; L

HB597946
View North, Yard North Of Engine House, Showing Water Tank And Shop Photocopy Of Photograph, 1941 (courtesy Of Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum; L

HB597947
View South, Showing North Elevation

HB597948
View Southwest, Showing Northeast Corner

HB597949
View Southwest, Showing Northeast Corner Entrances To Two Service Bays And Shed Addition On East Wall

HB597950
View West, Showsing East Elevation

HB597951
View Northwest, Showing Southeast Corner And Shed In Northeast Corner

HB597952
View North, Showing South Elevation Window Detail

HB597953
View North, Showing South Elevation Original Details And Infill

HB597954
View East, Showing South Elevation Piers And Windows

HB597955
View North, Showing South Elevation Double Swing Doors

HB597956
View Northeast, Showing West Elevation Windows

HB597957
View East, Showing West Elevation Typical Pier Detail

HB597958
Interior View, Looking Southeast

HB597959
Interior View, Looking Northwest, Showing Structural System, Posts Encased In Concrete, And Service Pit

HB597960
Interior View, Looking West, Showing Post Detail And Hangers, For Shafting In Background


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Item Title


Location
21 Yost Place, Seat+Pleasant, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MD-49
Building/structure dates: 1902 initial construction
Significance: Built as the major service structure in the only yard and shop complex owned by the Chesapeake Beach Railway (in business 1897-1935), the engine house is a rare survivor of a once common service-building type long associated with steam-powered railroading. The engine house is also significant for its past association with a twenty-eight mile standard gauge railroad which was the first direct rail link between the nation's capital and the Chesapeake Bay. Coincidentally, the property's association with an ill-fated resort development scheme promoted by Otto Mears (developer of Colorado's Rio Grande Southern Railroad, among others) and financed largely by David Moffat (President, Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and president, Denver National Bank) also lends significance. With the recent demolition of the 1880's Wilmington and Northern roundhouse in Wilmington, Delaware, the five-bay, brick engine house at Seat Pleasant (the most modest of the six "roundhouses" which are known to survive in the Northeast), is a unique example of the type facility once constructed by short line railroads to service their own locomotives.

Subjects
Brick Buildings
Engine Houses


Related Names
Mears, Otto


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW SOUTH, SHOWING NORTH ELEVATION Photocopy of photograph, pre-1971 (Collection of Mr. Bernard Loveless, Chesapeake Beach, MD, photographer unknown)
2. VIEW SOUTH, NORTH ELEVATION SHOWING BAYS 2 and 3, DIESEL AND TURNTABLE Photocopy of photograph, 1976 (Courtesy of Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum; Roy Hartman, photographer)
3. VIEW SOUTHEAST, NORTHEAST CORNER OF ENGINE HOUSE IN RELATION TO SHOPS AND TURNTABLE Photocopy of photograph, 1940 (Courtesy of Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum; L. W. Rice, photographer)
4. VIEW NORTH, YARD NORTH OF ENGINE HOUSE, SHOWING WATER TANK AND SHOP Photocopy of photograph, 1941 (Courtesy of Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum; L. W. Rice, photographer)
5. VIEW SOUTH, SHOWING NORTH ELEVATION
6. VIEW SOUTHWEST, SHOWING NORTHEAST CORNER
7. VIEW SOUTHWEST, SHOWING NORTHEAST CORNER ENTRANCES TO TWO SERVICE BAYS AND SHED ADDITION ON EAST WALL
8. VIEW WEST, SHOWSING EAST ELEVATION
9. VIEW NORTHWEST, SHOWING SOUTHEAST CORNER AND SHED IN NORTHEAST CORNER
10. VIEW NORTH, SHOWING SOUTH ELEVATION WINDOW DETAIL
11. VIEW NORTH, SHOWING SOUTH ELEVATION ORIGINAL DETAILS AND INFILL
12. VIEW EAST, SHOWING SOUTH ELEVATION PIERS AND WINDOWS
13. VIEW NORTH, SHOWING SOUTH ELEVATION DOUBLE SWING DOORS
14. VIEW NORTHEAST, SHOWING WEST ELEVATION WINDOWS
15. VIEW EAST, SHOWING WEST ELEVATION TYPICAL PIER DETAIL
16. INTERIOR VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
17. INTERIOR VIEW, LOOKING NORTHWEST, SHOWING STRUCTURAL SYSTEM, POSTS ENCASED IN CONCRETE, AND SERVICE PIT
18. INTERIOR VIEW, LOOKING WEST, SHOWING POST DETAIL AND HANGERS, FOR SHAFTING IN BACKGROUND


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