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Noticed something on 60 Minutes

Hap_Hazzard
Hap_Hazzard Member Posts: 2,355
One story showed the interior of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library of the Maryland Historical Society, and I couldn't help noticing the large three-column radiators at both ends of each of the tables.



<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdhistoricalsociety/6761516495/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdhistoricalsociety/6761516495/</a>



It seems a little unusual to have radiators out in the open like that. They also seem very large to heat the area where the tables are, and I'm wondering if they are heating the whole building.



Does anybody know anything about this building's heating system?
Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA
1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,457
    Looks like I'm gonna have to play tourist in my own city

    I've never been in there, though I know where it is.......
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  • Hap_Hazzard
    Hap_Hazzard Member Posts: 2,355
    Looks like a nice warm place to spend a few hours

    on a winter day, especially if you're a history buff. There's lots of information online about what they have to offer. No details about the heating system though.
    Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA
    1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24
  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,471
    Library radiators

    There must be a skylight above those radiators.--NBC
  • Polycarp
    Polycarp Member Posts: 133
    Localized heating

    Heating that whole space would be quite the undertaking.  My guess is that these radiators are just for localized heating of occupants.  They heat the readers at the table rather than going to the expense of trying to heat that whole large volume.  I imagine that there are then perimeter radiators to heat the smaller volumes created by the stacks.
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