- a structure housing machinery and other equipment at the top of a mine shaft.
Origin of shaft house
First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for shaft house
From the door of the shaft-house the Cornishmen watched them mount and ride away.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
Up one incline was a shaft-house with a great gray dump at the foot of it.
"It's that fellow Struve," he explained to the astonished engineer in the shaft-house.
He ran back into the shaft-house and began telephoning wildly to town.
They came to the shaft-house of Number Two, and found a swarm of people, almost a riot.King Coal