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B&O Station and Hotel

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Mid-19th century. 1990s, Grove and Dall'Olio. North side of East Martin St. at the intersection with North Water St., facing the B&O Railroad tracks

Built on a steep slope, and likely in two stages, this tall Italianate brick hotel has three stories on its rear elevation, four on its Martin Street side, and five facing the tracks. The trackside elevation, obviously the most important, has a three-story porch across its five-bay front where guests could sit and watch trains arrive and depart. In spite of the ornate porch and cornice brackets, the building has a gaunt, uncompromising aspect. Its 1990s restoration and adaptation to new uses as shops and offices is commendable. Martinsburg architects Matthew Grove and Lisa Dall'Olio took cues from the materials, lines, details, and silhouette of the combination hotel and station in designing a new station alongside the older building, producing a handsome example of contextual design.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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