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12500 Swirl Lane

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c. 1961, Levitt and Sons. 12500 Swirl Ln.
  • (Photograph by James Rosenthal, HABS)
  • (Alexander Heilner)
  • (Alexander Heilner)

12500 Swirl Lane is a four-bedroom variation of the Colonial. The three- and four-bedroom options for this model, each with a distinctive facade, shared an identical first-floor plan. To gain additional space for a fourth bedroom in the Colonial, Levitt architects created an overhang by cantilevering the second floor out over the first on the street elevation, an element known in period literature as a “garrison” front.

Writing Credits

James A. Jacobs
Lisa P. Davidson
Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1960


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James A. Jacobs, "12500 Swirl Lane", [Bowie, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, .

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