Library Of Congress
Library Of CongressPublic Domain ArchivePart of Not developed or endorsed by the Library of Congress
  • searchSearch
  • photo_albumStories
  • collectionsCollections
  • infoAbout
  • star_rateUpgrade
  • account_boxLogin
North Central Railroad, Baltimore Freight House, Guilford & Centre Streets, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

North Central Railroad, Baltimore Freight House, Guilford & Centre Streets, Baltimore, Independent City, MD

  • save_altThumbnail200x200
  • save_altSmall461x640
  • save_altMedium738x1024
  • save_altLarge1153x1600
  • save_altOriginal2766x3840
  • photo_size_select_largeUpscale 2x5532x7680


Significance: The Baltimore Freight Shed, built by the Northern Central Railroad, is a rare example of composite timber and iron roof construction of the mid 19th century. The roof structure is comprised of a series of tricomposite trusses with timber top chords, wrought iron tension rods and cast iron compression members. This use of both timber and iron in the same roofing system formed a transition period between short span timber trusses and longer span iron and steel trusses that would be in widespread use by the end of the century.
Survey number: HAER MD-38



Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Williams, J H
Clement, Dan
Boucher, Jack


Baltimore, Maryland, United States24.83891, 79.52581
Google Map of 24.8389096, 79.5258061


Library of Congress

Copyright info

No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted.

Explorecentre streets

Explorebaltimore freight house

Explorenorth central railroad

Library Of Congress

The objects in this archive are from Library of Congress - the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library provides Congress, the federal government and the American people with a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage them and support their intellectual and creative endeavors.

Disclaimer: A work of the Library of Congress is "a work prepared by an officer or employee" of the federal government "as part of that person's official duties." In general, under section 105 of the Copyright Act, such works are not entitled to domestic copyright protection under U.S. law and are therefore in the public domain. This website is developed as a part of the world's largest public domain archive,, and not developed or endorsed by the Library of Congress,

Developed by GetArchive, 2015-2020