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c. 1819, Robert Cary Long Sr. 12–18 W. Hamilton St.
  • (Alexander Heilner)
  • (Alexander Heilner)
  • (Alexander Heilner)

Intended for a sophisticated clientele is this early example of multi-unit row houses, designed by this celebrated local architect. With staid neoclassical detailing and a piano nobile plan elevating the principal rooms over a low ground-floor entrance level, the row houses appear almost modern-day. Built of Flemish-bond brick with contrasting white marble details, they encompass five stories, including a basement kitchen and finished attic. Of note are the tripartite windows, entrances with sidelights separated by jambs capped with molding to resemble slender unassuming Doric columns, and, emblematic of Baltimore’s early row houses, a single dormer lighting the attic story. Long resided in one of the units himself.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1818


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "HAMILTON STREET ROW HOUSES", [Baltimore, 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, 159-159.

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