B & O Train Station, Sykesville, Maryland

The Democratic Advocate of Westminster, MD

September 27, 1884

The new Baltimore & Ohio depot at Sykesville, just finished and occupied, is the finest structure of its kind on the line of the road outside of Baltimore City. It is 90 ft. long and 28 ft. wide. Twenty six ft. in the center is two stories high.

It is built of Baltimore pressed brick and red mortar, with sandstone sills and lintels and slate roof. The ticket and telegraph office 10 x 13 1/2 is between the waiting rooms, and is elegantly furnished. The waiting rooms are 24 x 24, ceiling 14 ft. high and each have comfortable retiring rooms with water and all modern appliances.

The freight room is in the west end, and has double doors on three sides. A portico extends around the east side to the vestibule in the rear.

It is protected by a railing of unique design. A wide portico runs from this around the remainder of the building.

The roof projects 6 ft. supported by ornamental brackets. There are five small rooms in the upper story. The whole building is well lighted by lofty windows, the upper flight of which are bordered with small panes of cathedral stained glass.

The paining is in red an chocolate, with sage green trimmings. The style is modern. The best of materials was used in the construction, and it is the only depot on the line that has a vestibule in the rear.

Mr. E. F. Baldwin was the architect, C. McLane, Supt. of buildings of the B & O had charge of the work, but it was under the immediate supervision  of Mr. A. J. Leakins, foreman and much credit is due him and those under him in the different branches of trade, as no part of the work was slighted.

The grading, when completed, will give an avenue 100 ft. wide leading from the public road immediately opposite the rear entrance. Everyone, except a few Howard county grumblers, are delighted with the change.

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