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National Park Seminary, Miller Library, 2801 Woodstock Avenue, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD



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Item Title


Location
2801 Woodstock Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MD-1109-Q
Building/structure dates: 1901 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1924 initial construction
Significance: The Miller Library was constructed to house the rare book library and archives of Jahu DeWitt Miller, a friend of the Cassedys who was a Chautauqua circuit speaker and a part-time NPS lecturer. The collection of over 10,000 items was owned by Miller, but it was available for the students use. Miller willed it to Cassedy at his death in 1911. The school's main library was in Main. This building was used more like a reading room than a circulating library. The architecture of the building is an example of the Craftsmen shingle-style design. The use of natural materials, such as the exterior wood shingles and rough-hewn stone entry portal, gave the building a rustic and picturesque quality so valued in the late nineteenth century. Small window frames, probably used to protect the collection from sunlight and to optimize shelf-space within it, made it appear a little less like a dwelling house than its character and size suggest.

Subjects
Education
Officers' Quarters
Domestic Life


Related Names
Miller, Jahu DeWitt
Ament, James E.
Ott, Cynthia, Historian
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
East (front) elevation, with scale
Closer view of the east elevation, with scale
General view looking from the southeast
East entrance
East entrance, with scale
South elevation, with scale
Detail view, memorial stone, with scale
General view looking from the southwest of first floor, main room, with scale
General view in first floor, main room looking from the north to fireplace and entrance to west room
View looking from the gallery, north to south
Detail view of south wall, fireplace and mantel, with scale
View looking from the south of first floor, west room
View looking from the west of the third floor, sleeping porch
View looking from the north of the stair leading to the third floor
View looking from the east in the third floor, southwest room
Copy image to show historic view of the Miller Library (NPS yearbook, 1921-22)
Duplicate of the historic view showing the exterior of the library from approximately the same vantage point as MD-1109-Q-16
Copy image to show historic "interior of Miller Library" (NPS yearbook, 1921-22)
Duplicate of the historic view showing the interior, looking from approximately the same vantage point as MD-1109-Q-18


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