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c. 1880s–1930s. Roughly bounded by Edmondson Rd., and S. Rolling, Ridge, and Seminole rds.

This residential area encompasses romantic-style houses of the mid- to late nineteenth century, built for a professional class. Many were custom built or architect designed and sit on large lots along tree-lined streets. The first houses constituted local types such as the many front-facing L-configured houses with wraparound porch, employing a mix of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Shingle Style characteristics. They include the George and Lizzie Wentz House (c. 1893; 35 Melvin), the Mamie Stiefel House (1908, Ehlers and Wagner; 14 Melvin), and 111 Melvin, and 20 N. Beaumont. Ehlers and Wagner also designed the marbleized, faux-ashlar stucco-finished Colonial Revival Lang House (c. 1909; 107 N. Beaumont). German immigrant builder John Hubner erected the large Queen Anne house for Siegfried and Minnie Mitchell (c. 1890; 100 N. Beech wood), run as a summer boarding-house, and another for James and Margaret McDonough (1907; 121 Beechwood). L. R. Servary built a rambling Queen Anne house for physician Godefroy Grempler (1904; 128 N. Beechwood) and another at 202 N. Beechwood.

Later transitioning from Queen Anne to foursquare are houses such as that for James and Alice Haynes House (1909) at 115 N. Beaumont. A noteworthy Arts and Crafts house (1909; 117 N. Beaumont) was designed by architect Walter M. Gieske for his brother, tobacco dealer Hardy Gieske.

Exemplary Queen Anne and Shingle Style houses appear along Montrose Road, including numbers 1, 2, 11, 101, and 108. Of note is the Colonial Revival Gorman House (1906; 200 Montrose) designed by Joseph Evans Sperry and the early concrete Walter Brinkmann House (1908; 1301 Edmondson) designed by Wyatt and Nolting and modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "CATONSVILLE RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD", [Catonsville, 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, 253-254.

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