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National Park Seminary, Swiss Chalet, 2802 Woodstock Avenue, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD



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Location
2802 Woodstock Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MD-1109-O
Building/structure dates: 1902 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1919 subsequent work
Significance: The Swiss chalet was the home of the Zeta Eta Theta sorority. The Swiss chalet was a common form of bungalow design. The form appeared in A.J. Downing's "Architecture of Country Houses," 1850, and it was reproduced in various guises at the Philadelphia and Chicago expositions. The NPS model is not a replica of any of these historic structures but rather simply a derivation of the popular style. Inspired by the rustic cottages of the Swiss Alps, the design was another form of romantic and exotic architecture that signified an idealized simple, country life. The style is characterized by intricate decorative detailing and cutout designs, and flower boxes.

Subjects
Education
Moving Of Structures
Domestic Life


Related Names
Beta Eta Theta Sorority
Ament, James E.
Ott, Cynthia, Historian
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
South Southeast (front) elevation, with scale
Closer view of the front elevation, with scale
Perspective view, looking through tunnel to the west towards the Chalet
Perspective view, looking from the south, of the front elevation
Telephoto view to show dormer with balcony
Perspective view, looking from the south, of the southwest (road) elevation
Southwest elevation, with scale
General view of the main room, looking from the southwest
Detail view of window in first floor, southwest room, looking from north northeast
Detail view of stair in first floor, main room, looking from the southwest
Closer view of stair in first floor, main room, looking from the southwest
Detail view of fireplace and mantel, and flanking columns, in first floor main room, looking from the southwest
Detail view of overmantel, shelf and brackets
Detail view of door
View in north room, looking from the southwest
Second floor, north northwest room looking from the southwest (Horizontal view)
Second floor, north northwest room looking from the southwest (vertical view)
Southwest room, looking from the northeast
Hood of stair, looking from the northwest
View in cellar looking from north to south to show stair and windows
View in cellar looking from the southwest to show fireplace, windows, and seats
Copy image to show historic view of the "Swiss Club" (NPS yearbook 1918-19, p. 32)
Perspective view of the Swiss Chalet to duplicate that seen in MD-1109-O-22; view looking from approximately the same vantage point


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