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1894–1920s. Bounded roughly by W. Market, Bank, Willow, and N. Washington sts.

Snow Hill’s commercial buildings date mostly from the turn of the twentieth century, following an 1893 fire that devastated the downtown. They are of brick construction, two to three stories in the eclectic styles of the period, with brick or bracketed wood cornices, corbeled brickwork, and parapet rooflines. Of particular note is the former Charles B. Timmons Furniture Store (c. 1900; 300 N. Washington), distinguished by its clipped corner with oriel window, entrance fanlight, and original storefront. The pressed brick Sturgis Building (c. 1894; 106 W Market) features a metal cornice with fan-shaped crest and arched entrance alcove. The pressed-brick Commercial National Bank (1897; 105 Pearl Street) is distinguished by its entrance with a short pyramidal spire and stained glass windows. The three-story Masonic Lodge building (c. 1894; 109–111 Pearl Street) is one of the largest, featuring a modillioned cornice ornamented with Colonial Revival detailing; it originally housed an A&P Grocery Store with lodge rooms above. The former Goodman’s clothing store (1893; 110 Green Street) is set off by its buff brick, molded brick medallions, and a decorative metal cornice.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "SNOW HILL BUSINESS DISTRICT", [Snow Hill, 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, 144-144.

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