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National Park Seminary, Ballroom, Linden Lane, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD



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Location
Linden Lane, Silver%25252BSpring, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MD-1109-F
Building/structure dates: 1927 initial construction
Significance: Ament Hall was the most spectacular structure built by Ament. It is the tallest building on campus. Its main feature is the grand ballroom, which spans its entire height. It is the most important communal space on the campus, especially after the loss of the Odeon Theater. The creation of such an awesome space for dancing epitomized the school's focus on social graces and recreational pursuits. Unlike other structures built by Ament, the ballroom has Gothic rather than Beaux-Arts architectural overtones. Its massive size added to the monumental and eclectic quality of the campus design.

Subjects
Ballrooms
Pentagonal Buildings
Education


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


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
Perspective view looking to ballroom
Interior view looking to southwest end from the northeast
Interior view, telephoto view to third floor niche at southwest end
Interior view, perspective view of fireplace and mantel in the octagonal end, looking from the north
Interior view, elevation view of fireplace and mantel, with scale
Interior view, detail of the fireplace and mantel looking from the northwest
Interior view, general view from the first floor, looking to the west
Interior view, telephoto view to show typical balcony, here on the northwest side two tiers from the west corner
Interior view. looking west along first floor northwest ambulatory with balcony tiers above
Interior view, detail to show typical bracket with gold leaf ornament, here the bracket is located the north of the speaker on the second floor
Interior view, telephoto view to show typical bracket, with scale
Interior view, general view looking to northeast end to show speaker (second floor), with scale
Interior view, close view of speaker
Interior view looking east to the speaker from the second floor, adjacent balcony
Interior view, close view of speaker, looking from the east, with scale
Interior view, detail view of the speaker to show "Victrola" name plate
Interior view, northwest elevation, view looking from second floor balcony
Interior view, close view of northwest elevation to show niche three tiers down from the west
Interior view, close view of northwest elevation to show niche two tiers down from the west corner (niche also shown in MD-1109-F-8)
Interior view, close view of northwest elevation to show niche one tier down from the west corner; here the bust is of Beethoven
Interior view, perspective view looking from the east to the northwest side (from the third floor balcony at the northeast end)
Interior view, close view of the northwest elevation to show niche four tiers down from the west corner/one from the north
Interior view, detail view of west corner niche
Interior view, looking to northeast from the third floor balcony at the southwest end
Interior view, detail view of south corner niche
Interior view, detail view of north corner niche
Interior view, view looking from the west along the southeast side from the third floor balcony
Interior view, detail view of southeast elevation to show niche four tiers down from the east/one up from the south corner; bust is of Mendelssohn
Interior view, first floor looking across ballroom floor to south (note Mendlessohn niche)
Interior view, detail view to show typical chandelier
interior view, chandeliers and stained glass
Interior view, detail view of stained glass window
Interior view, floor below ballroom, west end room with balcony, view of west wall fireplace and mantel, with scale
Interior view, general view looking from the first floor east corner to the west (duplicate of MD-1109-F-7)
Detail view, chandelier (duplicate of MD-1109-F-30)
Detail view, stained glass window (duplicate of MD-1109-F-32)


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