Shot Tower

Also known as: Phoenix Shot Tower, Baltimore Shot Tower, Merchant's Shot Towe
SE corner of Fayette and Front Sts., Baltimore, Maryland

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Description 

One of a very few shot towers left in the United States, shot was manufactured by dropping molten lead from this 14-story tower through a sieve-like device into a vat of cold water. 100,000 bags of shot were produced yearly in this way. It was the tallest structure in the United States until 1846, when Trinity Episcopal Church was erected in the City of New York. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 11, 1971

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 1, 1969
Reference number
69000373
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Manufacturing facility
Period of significance
1825-1849
Significant year
1828

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