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Riverside in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Platt and Company Oyster Packers

1865

 

— Present Day Baltimore Museum of Industry —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, March 15, 2019
1. Platt and Company Oyster Packers Marker
Inscription.  The Baltimore Museum of Industry is housed in Landra Beach Platt's 19th century oyster, fruit and vegetable cannery. Platt and Company built this facility in 1865 along the waterfront of Baltimore's industrial community of Locust Point. In the years after the Civil War, canning was a big business. In particular there was a high demand for Chesapeake Bay oysters. By 1880, the canning industry in Baltimore was processing over $10,000,000 of goods and employed close to 30,000 workers. Of the many canneries in operation, Platt's was one of the largest and most modern. This facility encompassed much of what is now the campus of the BMI, from present day Key Highway to the water, where boats were unloaded with oysters as well as fruits and vegetables to be canned.

Originally built at the foot of Clement Street in 1865 by Landra Beach Platt.

Composite two-story structure with a one-story shed toward the rear. The two-story façade features Italianate cornices and a corner turret.

The one-story rear has a shed roof construction built with lateral bracing similar to that of 19th century barn construction.


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By Devry Becker Jones, March 15, 2019
2. Side of marker
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The area surrounding the main entrance of the Museum is a two-story addition built around 1900. It is brick with metal casement windows on the east façade which are most likely not original to the structure. Originally there were two loading doors where the entrance is located. A railway once ran along the east side of the building. From this structure to the wharf were a variety of wooden sheds for preparing oysters and vegetables before they were packed in cans.
 
Erected by The Baltimore Museum of Industry. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsArchitectureIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 39° 16.441′ N, 76° 36.065′ W. Marker is in Riverside in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Key Highway east of Boyle Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Working Point by David Hess (a few steps from this marker); Steam Tug Baltimore (a few steps from this marker); Knabe Piano Factory Cupola (a few steps from this marker); Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Crane (a few steps from this marker);
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Hull of the Gov. R.M. McLane (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Platt and Company Oyster Packers (within shouting distance of this marker); Raymond R. Allen Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Look-Out (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverside.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 169 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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