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Property Name American Ice Company
Reference Number 13000459
State Maryland
County Baltimore
Town Baltimore
Street Address 2100 W. Franklin Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/3/2013
Areas of Significance Industry
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Constructed in 1911, the American Ice Company is an enduring reminder of West Baltimore's industrial development with a striking brick facade on W. Franklin Street and a powerhouse that backs up to the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks. At the time of its construction in the early 20th century, West Baltimore was quickly developing beyond the 1816 city line as small developers built rowhouses that soon extended west out to the Gwynns Falls. The previous decade had also witnessed significant changes in the ice industry as the business of importing natural ice from rivers and lakes in the Northeast to MidAtlantic and Southern cities dwindled in the face of competition from new factories that enabled businesses to supply a more regular and consistent supply of manufactured ice.


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