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Photo credit: MHT File Photo, 05/1983
Denton Historic District
Inventory No.: CAR-284
Date Listed: 12/1/1983
Location: Denton, Caroline County
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: early 19th century-mid 1930s
Resources: 232 (200 contributing, 27 non-contributing)
Description: The town of Denton is located on the flat land along the south bank of the Choptank River. Denton is laid out on a grid pattern with Franklin, Market, and Gay Streets as the major east-west corridors, intersected by First through Tenth Streets. The west end of the Denton Historic District focuses on the courthouse square, which was laid out in the 1790s. The courthouse dates to the late 19th century, and the square is faced on all sides by noteworthy residences and commercial structures dating from the mid 19th through early 20th centuries. Denton’s historic commercial district extends east of the square along Market Street for several blocks, and comprises a notable collection of two-story brick storefronts and one-story concrete block commercial structures dating from the early 20th century, with frame residences representing late-19th/early-20th century forms interspersed among them. Typical house forms include the two or three bay wide, two-story, gable-front house, often with more or less elaborate stick-and-scrollwork detailing and a one-story porch across the facade, bungalows, and the cubical hip-roofed house showing Colonial Revival influence. The houses along Fifth Avenue, the major artery in town, are larger and more architecturally distinguished than those in the rest of the district, with forms and detailing expressive of the Shingle Style and Colonial Revival fashions in early 20th century domestic architecture. These elegant houses rest well back from the roadway on broad, tree-shaded lawns. Significance: The Denton Historic District is significant historically for its role as the seat of Caroline County and as a regional market center along Maryland’s Eastern Shore from the early 19th century through the mid 1930s. Represented by a wealth of commercial, residential, public, and religious architecture in a variety of periods, styles, and forms, the district is also architecturally significant. Apart from a few clusters of modern development near Market Street at Second and Fifth Streets, the district exhibits a strong sense of historic integrity and continuity.

District Resources (232) (200 contributing, 27 non-contributing)

From associated listing in National Register nomination form. C = Contributing, NC = non-contributing, blank = not evaluated.

AddressStatusResource Name and MIHP (if any)
512 Franklin StreetCCAR-232 -- Old Caroline County High School (Denton Child Development Center)
101 Gay StreetCCAR-233 -- Caroline County Jail
501 Gay StreetCCAR-234 -- Denton Waterworks
104 South Second StreetCCAR-166 -- Denton Schoolhouse (Woman's Club of Denton, Inc.)
404 Market StreetCCAR-208 -- Brick Church
507 Market StreetCCAR-235 -- Adams-Grace Apartments (Denton Methodist Protestant Church, Grace Methodist Church)
807 Market StreetCCAR-236 -- First Wesleyan Church
Gay Street between 1st and 2ndCCAR-84 -- Christ Episcopal Church
S. Seventh StreetCCAR-237 -- Church of the Brethren
Market StreetCCAR-201 -- Law Building
118 Market StreetCCAR-199 -- Old "People's Bank"
211-213 Market StreetCCAR-238 -- Denton Journal Building
215-217 Market StreetCCAR-239 -- Penny's Sewing Nook/Joseph Rosenblatt Law Office
222 Market StreetCCAR-240 -- Everngam's Apparel Store
304 Market StreetCCAR-241 -- Carter Building (Edgehill Pharmacy)
322 Market StreetCCAR-242 -- Brick Commercial Building
327 Market StreetCCAR-88 -- Romanesque Building
400 Market StreetCCAR-244 -- Caroline Home and Auto Supply
413 Market StreetCCAR-245 -- Sunshine Laundry and Dry Cleaners
113-115 Franklin StreetCCAR-246 -- Old Choptank Hotel
318-320 Market StreetCCAR-247 -- Drs. Billmeier and Branson Office
401 Market StreetC 
409 Market StreetC 
502-506 Market StreetC 
601 Market StreetC 
602 Market StreetC 
607 Market StreetC 
713 Market StreetC 
103 Gay StreetCCAR-267 -- Goldsborough House
201 Gay StreetC 
113 Gay StreetC 
722 Gay StreetC 
515 Randolph StreetCCAR-270 -- Prahl House
3 First StreetC 
4 S. First StreetCCAR-200 -- Fisher House
12 S. Second StreetCCAR-273 -- Moore's Funeral Home
9 Fifth StreetCCAR-146 -- Irl A. Daffin House
105 Fifth AvenueCCAR-274 -- Warren House
114 Fifth AvenueCCAR-275 -- Muller House
115 Fifth AvenueCCAR-276 -- Logan House
200 Fifth AvenueCCAR-277 -- Maske House
201 Fifth AvenueCCAR-278 -- Nichols House
206 Fifth AvenueCCAR-279 -- Knott House (Stephens House)
209 Fifth AvenueCCAR-280 -- Palmer House
213 Fifth AvenueCCAR-281 -- Steelman House
214 Fifth AvenueC 
304 Fifth AvenueCCAR-282 -- Spence House
306 Fifth AvenueCCAR-283 -- Cordero House
517 Franklin StreetC 
519 Franklin StreetC 
517 Market StreetC 
612 Market StreetC 
700 Market StreetC 
706 Market StreetC 
804 Market StreetC 
410 Fountain AvenueC 
108 Market StreetC 
411 Market StreetC 
521 Market StreetC 
522 Market StreetC 
615 Market StreetC 
801 Market StreetC 
805 Market StreetC 
908 Market StreetC 
112 Fifth AvenueC 
312 Fifth AvenueC 
105 S. Sixth StreetC 
107 S. Sixth StreetC 
200 S. Sixth StreetC 
9 S. Sixth StreetC 
12 Seventh StreetC 
106 Seventh StreetC 
7 N. First StreetC 
5 N. First StreetC 
105 Gay StreetC 
111 Gay StreetC 
205 Gay StreetC 
609 Gay StreetC 
611 Gay StreetC 
615 Gay StreetC 
701 Gay StreetC 
703 Gay StreetC 
705 Gay StreetC 
709 Gay StreetCCAR-284-1 -- House
711 Gay StreetC 
717 Gay StreetC 
732 Gay StreetC 
801 Gay StreetC 
608 Gay StreetC 
610 Gay StreetC 
612 Gay StreetC 
700 Gay StreetC 
712-714 Gay StreetC 
607 Lincoln StreetC 
611 Lincoln StreetC 
300 Fifth StreetC 
308 Fifth StreetC 
314 Fifth StreetC 
217 Fifth StreetC 
205 Fifth StreetC 
204 Sixth StreetC 
106 Sixth StreetC 
509 Randolph StreetC 
113 Fifth StreetC 
111 Fifth StreetC 
107 Fifth StreetC 
101 Fifth StreetC 
103 Sixth Street (corner of Sixth Street and Franklin Street)C 
109 Sixth StreetC 
111 Sixth Street (corner of Sixth Street and Randolph Street)C 
201 Sixth Street (corner of Sixth Street and Randolph Street)C 
205 Sixth StreetC 
207 Sixth StreetC 
209 Sixth StreetC 
211 Sixth StreetC 
100 Seventh Street (corner of Seventh and Franklin Street)C 
201 Seventh Street (corner of Seventh and Randolph Street)C 
106 N. Sixth StreetC 
108 N. Sixth StreetC 
200 N. Sixth StreetC 
202 N. Sixth StreetC 
204 N. Sixth StreetC 
206 N. Sixth StreetC 
208 N. Sixth StreetC 
406 Market StreetC 
410 Market StreetC 
508 Market StreetC 
512 Market StreetC 
514 Market StreetC 
518 Market StreetC 
520 Market StreetC 
524 Market StreetC 
600 Market StreetC 
604 Market StreetC 
608 Market StreetC 
610 Market StreetC 
614 Market StreetC 
702 Market StreetC 
708 Market StreetC 
800 Market StreetC 
802 Market StreetC 
808 Market StreetC 
810 Market StreetC 
900 Market StreetC 
904 Market StreetC 
910 Market StreetC 
901 Market StreetC 
803 Market StreetC 
715 Market StreetC 
707 Market StreetC 
703 Market StreetC 
701 Market StreetC 
605 Market StreetC 
609 Market StreetC 
611 Market StreetC 
613 Market StreetC 
505 Market StreetC 
511 Market StreetC 
515 Market StreetC 
519 Market StreetC 
523 Market StreetC 
525 Market StreetC 
405 Market StreetC 
407 Market StreetC 
313 Market StreetC 
317 Market StreetC 
323 Market StreetC 
225-227 Market StreetC 
14 S. Third StreetC 
7 N. Fourth StreetCCAR-145 -- Early Denton Dwelling
9 N. Fourth StreetC 
8 N. Fourth StreetC 
10 N. Fourth StreetC 
12 N. Fourth StreetC 
14 N. Fourth StreetC 
414 Gay StreetC 
106 Market StreetC 
103 N. Third StreetC 
8 N. Second StreetC 
12 N. Second StreetC 
201 Franklin StreetC 
203 Franklin StreetC 
205 Franklin StreetC 
209 Franklin StreetC 
301 Franklin StreetC 
309 Franklin StreetC 
311 Franklin StreetC 
405 Franklin StreetC 
407 Franklin StreetC 
509 Franklin StreetC 
511 Franklin StreetC 
513 Franklin StreetC 
515 Franklin StreetC 
523 Franklin StreetC 
605 Franklin StreetC 
301 N. Sixth StreetC 
207 N. Sixth StreetC 
105 Franklin StreetC 
109 Franklin StreetC 
111 Franklin StreetC 
5 S. Second StreetNC 
205 N. Sixth StreetNC 
100-104 Market StreetNC 
110 Market StreetNC 
126 Market StreetNC 
200-206 Market StreetNC 
207 Market StreetNC 
208-220 Market StreetNC 
219 Market StreetNC 
301 Market StreetNC 
403 Market StreetNC 
500 Market StreetNC 
503 Market StreetNC 
510 Market StreetNC 
709 Market StreetNC 
712 Market StreetNC 
714 Market StreetNC 
811 Market StreetNC 
708 Gay StreetNC 
716-718 Gay StreetNC 
411 Franklin StreetNC 
605 Franklin StreetNC 
609 Franklin StreetNC 
507 Randolph StreetNC 
5 S. Sixth StreetNC 
11 N. Eighth StreetNC 
Southwest corner Fifth Street and Market StreetNC 
Market StreetC/NCCAR-85 -- Caroline County Courthouses
16 N. Second Street CAR-144 -- Annie Taylor House
4-6 N. Second Street CAR-272 -- Denton Coins and Gifts
14 N. Second Street  
328 Market Street CAR-243 -- Denton Hardware Company

 

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