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Lovely Lane Methodist Church- A Steam Heating Museum
One of the things we love about this business is all the really cool buildings we get to explore. This was the very first Methodist church in America, first organized just before the Revolution. The first part of the present building was started in 1884, with the last part being built in the 1930s.
The original system was two-pipe air-vent, using what we think are Nason radiators. It housed a sanctuary on the main floor, which is now used as a chapel. The lower level was, I believe, used as offices and Sunday school rooms. It is now a library and a museum of American Methodism. Here is one of the rads in the museum- note how the rad was raised above the original boiler's water level on a hollow base that drew cold air from the floor level.
The second pic shows the overhead steam piping above the same rad. This wall is curved, and the Dead Men bent the pipe to conform to the curve of the wall. Where do we see this kind of craftsmanship today?
The main sanctuary has about a dozen indirect radiators feeding into a false floor. The heat comes up thru small mushroom vents under the seats.
The pastor's quarters, Sunday school rooms and gym were built in the 1930s. At that time, the whole system was "Webster-ized"- converted to Webster Vapor. This newest part of the building is pretty much standard Webster, but the two older portions have an unusual mix of old and new. Look closely at these pics and you'll see a Webster #522 trap on that radiator.
The boilers in this building also heated several buildings next door, which was the original home of Goucher College, named after the Lovely Lane preacher who organized it. At some point, the college installed its own boiler plant- I don't know what's in there now.
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