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Photo credit: Michael O. Bourne, 01/1973
Sudbrook Park Historic District
Inventory No.: BA-159
Date Listed: 6/19/1973
Location: Pikesville, Baltimore County
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: 1891
Architect/Builder: Designer: Frederick Law Olmstead
Description: Sudbrook Park is located west of the Baltimore City limits, southwest of the Western Maryland Railway tracks, north of Milford Mill Road, and east of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695). Sudbrook Park is a residential community initially developed as a summer resort. The majority of the domestic architecture dates from the mid-1890s to the mid-1910s. The Shingle Style predominates, although several examples of Colonial Revival and the Queen Anne style exist. The gambrel roof, often extending over a porch, is a recurring motif in Sudbrook Park. Some large structures represent the Colonial Revival with small pane window sashes and the ever present variations on the Palladian window. Polygonal towers and a profuse use of the bay window comprise further architectural features. The application of mid-20th century siding has diminished the effect of the shingle style on a few buildings. The original character of Sudbrook Park, as embodied in the developer’s deed restrictions, remains evident. The large lot size and restrictions on units per acre and architecture are unaltered. The curving streets provided in Olmsted’s plan provide an interesting alternative to the grid patterns in the city and surrounding developments. Significance: Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), a founder of landscape architecture and city planning in the United States, designed Sudbrook Park, which is a well-preserved turn-of-the-20th-century summer resort. The project dates from the mature period of Olmsted’s career after his urban park designs for New York, Boston, and Buffalo; campus plans for Smith Amherst, Stanford, and Trinity colleges; and before his contribution to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Sudbrook Park embodies the emphasis on natural contours and curvilinear forms which characterizes Olmsted’s approach to landscape planning. Architecturally, Sudbrook Park typifies the upper and middle class vernacular of the early 20th century. The preponderance of shingles with Queen Anne and Colonial Revival forms and details helps establish the district in its appropriate time frame. The contemporary date and homogenous character of the majority of the structures within the district augments its significance.
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