May 5: James D. Dilts

2010 Spring Forum
James D. Dilts: The Thomas Viaduct

Wednesday May 5, 2010 at Noon

Thomas Viaduct

James D. Dilts, architectural and railroad historian, discusses the engineering and construction of the B&O Railroad’s 1835 bridge at Relay, MD, its role in history, its meaning today, and the celebration plans for this National Historic Landmark.

The Thomas Viaduct was designed by the young Benjamin Henry Latrobe II, son of America’s first architect. Named for the B&O’s president Philip Thomas, the 704-foot stone arched bridge still carries CSX train traffic between Washington and Baltimore. It crosses the Patapsco River at Relay.

As always, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation’s free noontime Forum is held at the Johns Hopkins Downtown Center, Charles and Fayette Streets. Bring a lunch.

JHU Downtown Center
10 North Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21202
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