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National Park Seminary, Indian Mission, 2790 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD



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Location
2790 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MD-1109-N
Building/structure dates: 1903 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1920 subsequent work
Significance: The Indian Mission building was the clubhouse for the Theta Sigma Rho sorority. The building's design was inspired by eighteenth-century Franciscan mission churches of the Far West. The early colonial Spanish architecture became popular in the 1890s, at the time when there was a revival of interest in historic American cultures and a romanticization of the American West. The revival style was first popularized in California but soon spread across the country. It was a counterpart to the more common eastern colonial designs. One scholar referred to the style as "an instant legacy far more prominent, ornate, and romantically delineated than its source." The California building at the 1893 Chicago Exposition was one of the first examples of the Mission Revival style.

Subjects
Education
Officers' Quarters
Domestic Life


Related Names
Theta Sigma Rho Sorority
Ott, Cynthia, Historian
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
General view looking from the northwest
Closer view looking from the northwest
West elevation, with scale
South elevation, with scale
Interior view, general view looking from the north front entrance to fireplace and alcove, with scale
Interior view, detail view of fireplace and alcove, with scale
Interior view, first floor, looking north to south of window and brace, with scale
Interior view, view looking up stairs (north to south, west of the tower)
Interior view, Lantern room looking north to the three windows
Interior view, detail of arched windows with quarrels of glass looking toward Edgewood
Interior view, Cellar, view in west room to show stair, with scale
Copy image to show historic view of the mission
Perspective view of the Indian Mission looking from approximately the same vantage point as that seen in MD-1109-N-12
Copy image of historic interior view (NPS prints)
Interior view to replicate that seen in MD-1109-N-14


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