This is version 2.0 of a replica of the Patapsco National Bank which was built in 1905 and part of the historical buildings of Ellicott City Maryland, USA (HO-52). Situated on 8098 Main St - the real world building is 50 feet wide and 1.5 stories tall with decorative two chimney on each side. The Lego replica of this building is being built for the Washington Metro Area Lego Train Club (WamaLTC) from a project list of Ellicott City Maryland historical buildings its members can do. Albeit not for 2016 year, WamaLTC members have a set of Main Street historical buildings that are displayed as part of the "Festival of Trains" display at the the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum. The Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum is the oldest surviving railroad station in the United States of America.
Below is a photo of the real world building.
The Lego model is 48 studs wide and 32 studs deep - For Lego layout convenience, this building comes with a standard 16 stud by 32 stud mini park to be used with this building to bring the modular building row back into a 32x32 base plate increment. The front doors are custom built and hinged so they can open up. The portico's pediment (triangular roof over the front door) is an unusual SNOT design built around hinged plates. The rooftop and base plate detach so the building can be move easily. Dark flesh tone (medium orange brick) profile bricks are used in the front facade to make the replica front color closer to the real world building's color. The replica's bas relief sculpture over the windows attempts to simulate the real world bas relief sculpture.
Omissions - A compromise to work with the Modular design standard
The front facade projects about 8 to 12 inches out perpendicular to the side walk in the real world but was not include in this model. Why? Technically one foot in the real world equals 1 stud in the Lego minifig world and to get the two side connection pin holes at the correct height - the brick with the pin hole had to be mounted on a base plate.. To put my replica on the nearest base plate increment of 8 studs (because all base plates are in 8 stud increments). I selected 48 studs instead of 56 studs. This means I had to shave two studs off the Lego Model (two feet of detail from real world building) ...to make this work within the Lego modular building pin connector standard - so I shaved off the side quoin stonework detail from my replica.
I also did not include the door aquamarine green semi circle awning in the photo because it belong to the tenant - Wessel Florist. After the July 2016 flash flood - Wessel Florist tenants left and the green semi circle awning over the door was removed.
The building's new tenant is the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) Millworks Business Resource center and Coworking Space. The people of the Millworks allowed me to go the rear of the building to see how the 8098 Main Street building looks like from the rear - as a bonus I got to see how the 8090 Main Street building also looks like from the rear too! Thanks, Millworks! :-)
This moc is an on going project - as new version are made - I will update this web page. I now have photos of the rear of the building and I can alter the rear of the building to make it more authentic ... The building is hollow but I now have photos of the interior so I can detail work inside now. This is my third historical building - and because it is now a public building - I have more information on it that both of my two previous historical buildings.
On May 28, 2018 flash flood hit Ellicott City's Historical Main Street and this building was damage again! The white wooden box frames underneath the two side windows were destroyed. The Millworks tenant have left and there maybe real world changes to this building in the future.
I am planning to display this building with my other two historical buildings at the 2017 Virginia Brickfair this August in the WamaLTC exhibit. My other historical buildings are:
8137 Main Street -The Washington Trust Bank (version 1)
8090 Main street - The Second Patapsco Bank (version 4)