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Photo credit: Traceries, 04/2001
Riverdale Park Historic District
Inventory No.: PG:68-4
Date Listed: 12/23/2002
Location: Riverdale, Prince Georges County
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: 1801-1864; 1889-1940
Architect/Builder: Builders: Joseph A. Blundon, Walter R. Wilson; Plat: D.J. Howell
Resources: 524 (439 contributing, 85 non-contributing)
Description: The neighborhood of Riverdale Park is bordered by Baltimore Avenue (US 1) to the west and the Northeast Branch of the Anacostia River to the east, with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad tracks bisecting the community north to south. The City of College Park is located to the north, and the City of Hyattsville to the southwest. The plat, as laid out by surveyor D.J. Howell in 1889, consisted of three sections. Queensbury Road was designated as the primary east-west corridor. The community was centered around the B & O passenger station. As envisioned by the development company, rail-related transportation spurred the initial settlement of Riverdale Park and the development of many of the surrounding communities. The emergence of the automobile as a primary form of transportation prompted the establishment of a commercial corridor along Baltimore Avenue, which later became the main north-south route for the community. Riverdale Park developed gradually, thereby ensuring that the original 1889 plan and the three additions platted in the first half of the 20th century remained largely intact. One of the more imposing features of the community is the early-19th century mansion known as Riversdale, and its freestanding outbuilding and family cemetery. As the centerpiece of the community, Riversdale is set within an 8-acre parcel surrounded by subdivided housing lots. Residential buildings make up most of the neighborhood, with commercial corridors at the center of the town and to the west along Baltimore Avenue. The residential buildings date from the 1890s to the last decade of the 20th century, with only three resources associated with Riversdale dating from before the platting of the neighborhood. Residential buildings are set back from the tree-lined streets on rectangular lots, and many have driveways and freestanding garages. Significance: Riverdale Park is an excellent example of the many residential subdivisions that emerged in Prince George's County in the last decades of the 19th century to support the burgeoning population flocking to the nation's capital. The middle-class suburb, which is framed by major transportation corridors, expanded with the early-20th century advent of the streetcar and automobile. Riverdale Park developed primarily under the direction of the Riverdale Park Company between the 1889 platting of the community and 1920. As originally laid out by D.J. Howell, Riverdale Park incorporated a series of angular streets and landscaped traffic circles. The three original sections of the suburb utilized relatively uniform lot dimensions and building setbacks, thereby creating a cohesive development of middle- and upper-middle class housing. The residential housing lots surrounded the Federal-style Riversdale Mansion, which was constructed for the Stier and Calvert families between 1801 and 1807. The original subdivision of Riverdale Park was smaller than the present neighborhood, which now includes additions platted as "West Riverdale," "Gretta Addition to Riverdale," and "Dr. R.A. Bennett's Addition to Riverdale." The chronological development of the now-enlarged Riverdale Park neighborhood is documented by its architecture, which includes a wide arrange of construction dates from the 1890s to the infill construction of the late 1990s. Varying from large 2 1/2-story wood frame dwellings to smaller bungalows, the residential areas of the neighborhood are generally defined by an eclectic collection of imposing Queen Anne and Colonial Revival houses, and more modest examples of Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and Tudor Revival dwellings. The availability of retail stores at the center of the subdivision and along Baltimore Avenue aided the independence of the community and its eventual incorporation as a town.

District Resources (524) (439 contributing, 85 non-contributing)

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

AddressStatusResource Name and MIHP (if any)
6404 45th PlaceC 
6405 45th PlaceC 
6406 45th PlaceC 
6407 45th PlaceCPG:68-4-74 -- Kastler-Kline Bungalow
6408 45th PlaceC 
6409 45th PlaceC 
6410 45th PlaceC 
6302 46th AvenueC 
6303 46th AvenueC 
6304 46th AvenueCPG:68-69 -- Grimes-Clayton House
6305 46th AvenueC 
6306 46th AvenueC 
6307 46th AvenueC 
6309 46th AvenueC 
6313 46th AvenueC 
6402 46th AvenueC 
6404 46th AvenueC 
6406 46th AvenueC 
6407 46th AvenueC 
6301 47th AvenueC 
6302 47th AvenueC 
6303 47th AvenueC 
6304 47th AvenueCPG:68-68 -- Thift House
6305 47th AvenueC 
6302 45th PlaceC 
6303 45th PlaceC 
6304 45th PlaceC 
6305 45th PlaceC 
6308 45th PlaceC 
6311 47th AvenueC 
6312 47th AvenueC 
6314 47th AvenueC 
6315 47th AvenueC 
6005 48th AvenueCRiverdale Mansion Caretaker's House
6413 48th AvenueC 
6203 49th AvenueC 
5817 Baltimore Avenue (US 1)C 
6001 Baltimore Avenue (US 1)C 
6009 Baltimore AvenueC 
6033 Baltimore AvenueC 
6035 Baltimore AvenueC 
6037 Baltimore AvenueC 
6201 Baltimore AvenueC 
6203 Baltimore AvenueC 
6205-6207 Baltimore AvenueC 
6209 Baltimore AvenueC 
6211 Baltimore AvenueC 
6213 Baltimore AvenueC 
6215 Baltimore Avenue (US 1)CPG:68-4-37 -- Lynn Animal Hospital
6217-6223 Baltimore AvenueCPG:68-4-38 -- KEM Building, site
6227 Baltimore Avenue (US 1)CPG:68-4-39 -- Peelers Dry Cleaners, site
6231-6233 Baltimore AvenueCPG:68-4-40 -- Norken & Son Insurance, site
6235-6241 Baltimore AvenueCPG:68-4-41 -- Riverdale Shoe Repair/Consignment Shop, site
6401 Baltimore AvenueC 
6423 Baltimore AvenueC 
6501 Baltimore AvenueC 
6203 Beale CircleC 
6205 Beale CircleC 
6207 Beale CircleC 
6209 Beale CircleC 
5801 Cleveland AvenueCPG:68-6 -- Chambers Funeral Home (Marion Wicks House)
5801 (Rear) Cleveland AvenueC 
5803 Cleveland AvenueC 
5805 Cleveland AvenueC 
5806 Cleveland AvenueC 
5807 Cleveland AvenueC 
5809 Cleveland AvenueCPG:68-4-59 -- Knight House, site
5810 Cleveland AvenueCPG:68-4-77 -- Paul J. Hidgon House
5900 Cleveland AvenueC 
5902 Cleveland AvenueC 
6302 49th AvenueC 
6311 49th AvenueCPG:68-70 -- Clark-Owsley House
6411 49th AvenueC 
6307 47th AvenueC 
6308 47th AvenueC 
5801 Baltimore AvenueC 
4504 East West HighwayC 
4506 East West HighwayC 
4508 East West HighwayC 
4510 East West HighwayC 
4512 East West HighwayC 
4514 East West HighwayC 
4516 East West HighwayC 
4600 East West HighwayC 
4601 East West HighwayC 
4603 East West HighwayC 
4605 East West HighwayC 
5904 Cleveland AvenueC 
5905 Cleveland AvenueCPG:68-4-20 -- Dodge-Klein House
5907 Cleveland AvenueCPG:68-4-58 -- Kerfoot House
5908 Cleveland AvenueC 
4906 East West HighwayC 
5910 Cleveland AvenueCPG:68-4-21 -- Gray House
5903 Harrison AvenueC 
5909 Harrison AvenueC 
5911 Harrison AvenueC 
5913 Harrison AvenueC 
6003 Lafayette AvenueC 
6009 Lafayette AvenueC 
6403 Lafayette AvenueC 
4512 Madison StreetC 
4514 Madison StreetC 
4516 Madison StreetC 
4518 Madison StreetC 
4520 Madison StreetC 
4522 Madison StreetC 
6201 Natoli PlaceC 
6205 Natoli PlaceC 
4501 Oliver StreetC 
4503 Oliver StreetC 
4504 Oliver StreetC 
4505 Oliver StreetC 
4506 Oliver StreetC 
4507 Oliver StreetC 
4508 Oliver StreetC 
4509 Oliver StreetC 
4510 Oliver StreetC 
4511 Oliver StreetC 
4512 Oliver StreetC 
4513 Oliver StreetC 
4514 Oliver StreetC 
4515 Oliver StreetC 
4600 Oliver StreetC 
4601 Oliver StreetC 
4602 Oliver StreetC 
4603 Oliver StreetC 
4604 Oliver StreetC 
4605 Oliver StreetCPG:68-4-12 -- Reibetanz House
4606 Oliver StreetCPG:68-4-13 -- Collier House
4608 Oliver StreetC 
4609 Oliver StreetC 
4611 Oliver StreetC 
4700 Oliver StreetC 
4702 Oliver StreetC 
4704 Oliver StreetC 
4705 Oliver StreetC 
4707 Oliver StreetCPG:68-4-1 -- Harry Smith House
4710 Oliver StreetC 
4711 Oliver StreetCPG:68-4-97 -- Wilson-Gleis House
4712 Oliver StreetC 
4713 Oliver StreetC 
4714 Oliver StreetC 
4715 Oliver StreetCPG:68-4-57 -- Charles Earl House
4716 Oliver StreetCPG:68-4-2 -- Warren House (Oliver Street House)
4504 Queensbury RoadC 
4505 Queensbury RoadCPG:68-4-23 -- Dorsey's Plumbing
4507 Queensbury RoadC 
4509 Queensbury RoadC 
4513 Queensbury RoadC 
4600 Queensbury RoadC 
4601 Queensbury RoadC 
4602 Queensbury RoadC 
4605 Queensbury RoadC 
4606 Queensbury RoadC 
4608 Queensbury RoadC 
4609 Queensbury RoadC 
4610 Queensbury RoadC 
4612 Queensbury RoadCPG:68-4-24 -- Riverdale Haircutters, site
4622 Queensbury RoadC 
4616-4618 Queensbury RoadCPG:68-4-25 -- Upholstery Service
4701 Queensbury RoadCPG:68-4-8 -- Riverdale Bookstore
4717 Queensbury RoadC 
4714-4718 Queensbury RoadC 
4719 Queensbury RoadC 
4800 Queensbury RoadC 
4801 Queensbury RoadC 
4802 Queensbury RoadC 
4803 Queensbury RoadC 
4804 Queensbury RoadC 
4805 Queensbury RoadC 
4806 Queensbury RoadC 
4812 Queensbury RoadC 
4813 Queensbury RoadC 
4900 Queensbury RoadC 
4901 Queensbury RoadC 
4902 Queensbury RoadC 
4903 Queensbury RoadC 
4904 Queensbury RoadC 
4905 Queensbury RoadC 
4906 Queensbury RoadC 
4907 Queensbury RoadC 
4908 Queensbury RoadC 
4910 Queensbury RoadC 
4500 Queensbury RoadCPG:68-4-22 -- Ernie's Lock & Key
4502 Queensbury RoadC 
4711 Queensbury RoadC 
4713 Queensbury RoadC 
4912 Queensbury RoadC 
5000 Queensbury RoadC 
5002 Queensbury RoadC 
4700 Ravenswood RoadC 
4701-4703 Ravenswood RoadC 
4705 Ravenswood RoadC 
4716 Ravenswood RoadC 
4800 Ravenswood RoadC 
4801 Ravenswood RoadC 
4802 Ravenswood RoadC 
4803 Ravenswood RoadC 
4805 Ravenswood RoadC 
4806 Ravenswood RoadC 
4710 Ravenswood RoadC 
4711 Ravenswood RoadC 
4712 Ravenswood RoadC 
4713 Ravenswood RoadC 
4808 Ravenswood RoadC 
4809 Ravenswood RoadCPG:68-64 -- Burrhus House
4810 Ravenswood RoadCPG:68-63 -- G.A. Meyer House
4811 Ravenswood RoadC 
4709 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4711 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4713 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4715 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4717 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4719 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4801 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4805 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4807 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4809 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4811 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4813 Rittenhouse StreetC 
5004 Rittenhouse StreetC 
5006 Rittenhouse StreetC 
4501 Riverdale RoadC 
4503 Riverdale RoadC 
4504 Riverdale RoadC 
4505 Riverdale RoadC 
4506 Riverdale RoadC 
4507 Riverdale RoadC 
4508 Riverdale RoadC 
4509 Riverdale RoadC 
4510 Riverdale RoadC 
4511 Riverdale RoadC 
4512 Riverdale RoadC 
4514 Riverdale RoadC 
4600 Riverdale RoadC 
4601 Riverdale RoadC 
4602 Riverdale RoadC 
4603 Riverdale RoadC 
4900 Ravenswood RoadC 
4901 Ravenswood RoadC 
4902 Ravenswood RoadC 
4903 Ravenswood RoadC 
4904 Ravenswood RoadC 
4906 Ravenswood RoadCPG:68-4-56 -- Sehorn House
4907 Ravenswood RoadC 
4908 Ravenswood RoadCPG:68-4-49 -- Joseph Gossett House
4909 Ravenswood RoadC 
4911 Ravenswood RoadC 
4912 Ravenswood RoadC 
4913 Ravenswood RoadC 
6000 Rhode Island AvenueC 
6002 Rhode Island AvenueC 
6004 Rhode Island AvenueC 
6008 Rhode Island AvenueC 
East-West Highway (MD 450) & Cleveland AvenueCPG:68-3 -- Calvert Family Cemetery
6202-6208 Rhode Island Avenue (6200-6212 Rhode Island Avenue)C 
6210-6212 Rhode Island Avenue (6200-6212 Rhode Island Avenue)C 
6214-6218 Rhode Island AvenueCPG:68-4-54 -- Park Avenue Window Fashion Center, Entertainment World
6220 Rhode Island AvenueCPG:68-4-55 -- Post Office/Town Hall
4607 Riverdale RoadC 
4609 Riverdale RoadC 
4700-4704 Riverdale RoadCPG:68-4-7 -- Dumm's Corner
4705 Riverdale RoadC 
4707 Riverdale RoadC 
4708 Riverdale RoadC 
4709 Riverdale RoadC 
4710 Riverdale RoadC 
4711 Riverdale RoadC 
4712 Riverdale RoadC 
6105 Rhode Island AvenueC 
6108 Rhode Island AvenueCPG:68-4-52 -- S and J Grill
6200 Rhode Island Avenue (6200-6212 Rhode Island Avenue)C 
4715 Riverdale RoadC 
4716 Riverdale RoadCPG:68-66 -- Holland-Brown House
4717 Riverdale RoadC 
4718 Riverdale RoadC 
4721 Riverdale RoadC 
4722 Riverdale RoadCPG:68-67 -- Read-Low House (Rose Villa)
4800 Riverdale RoadC 
4802 Riverdale RoadC 
4804 Riverdale RoadC 
4808 Riverdale RoadC 
4811 Riverdale RoadCPG:68-5 -- Riversdale (Calvert Mansion)
4811 Riverdale RoadCPG:68-5A -- Riversdale Slave Quarters
4812 Riverdale RoadC 
4900 Riverdale RoadC 
5015 Riverdale RoadC 
5017 Riverdale RoadC 
4502 Sheridan StreetC 
4504 Sheridan StreetC 
4506 Sheridan StreetC 
4507 Sheridan StreetC 
4508 Sheridan StreetC 
4509 Sheridan StreetC 
4510 Sheridan StreetC 
4511 Sheridan StreetC 
4512 Sheridan StreetC 
4513 Sheridan StreetC 
4515 Sheridan StreetC 
4516 Sheridan StreetC 
4600 Sheridan StreetC 
4601 Sheridan StreetC 
4603 Sheridan StreetC 
4605 Sheridan StreetC 
4607 Sheridan StreetC 
4907 Riverdale RoadC 
4908 Riverdale RoadC 
4909 Riverdale RoadC 
4911 Riverdale RoadC 
4912 Riverdale RoadC 
4913 Riverdale RoadC 
5001 Riverdale RoadC 
5003 Riverdale RoadC 
5005 Riverdale RoadC 
5007 Riverdale RoadC 
4706 Sheridan StreetC 
4707 Sheridan StreetC 
4708 Sheridan StreetC 
4709 Sheridan StreetCPG:68-4-47 -- Kilby-Marquis Bungalow
4710 Sheridan StreetC 
4711 Sheridan StreetCPG:68-4-32 -- Castella House
4712 Sheridan StreetC 
4714 Sheridan StreetC 
4800 Sheridan StreetCPG:68-4-33 -- Bullock House
4801 Sheridan StreetC 
6407 Rhode Island AvenueC 
4904 Riverdale RoadC 
4905 Riverdale RoadC 
4804 Sheridan StreetCPG:68-4-34 -- Palmer House
4805 Sheridan StreetC 
4806 Sheridan StreetC 
4808 Sheridan StreetCPG:68-4-35 -- Lynch House
4809 Sheridan StreetC 
4904 Sheridan StreetC 
4905 Sheridan StreetC 
4906 Sheridan StreetC 
4907 Sheridan StreetC 
4908 Sheridan StreetC 
4708 Somerset RoadC 
4709 Somerset RoadC 
4710 Somerset RoadC 
4711 Somerset RoadC 
4713 Somerset RoadC 
4800 Somerset RoadC 
4801 Somerset RoadC 
4802 Somerset RoadC 
4803 Somerset RoadC 
4804 Somerset RoadC 
4805 Somerset RoadC 
4806 Somerset RoadC 
4807 Somerset RoadC 
4808 Somerset RoadCPG:68-4-14 -- H. Dale Smith House
4809 Somerset RoadC 
4914 Sheridan StreetCPG:68-4-36 -- Heid House
4700 Somerset RoadC 
4701 Somerset RoadC 
4702 Somerset RoadC 
4703 Somerset RoadC 
4704 Somerset RoadC 
4902 Sheridan StreetC 
4706 Somerset RoadC 
4811 Somerset RoadC 
4812 Somerset RoadC 
4813 Somerset RoadCPG:68-4-15 -- Riedel House
4900 Somerset RoadC 
4901 Somerset RoadC 
4902 Somerset RoadC 
4903 Somerset RoadC 
4905 Somerset RoadC 
4906 Somerset RoadC 
4907 Somerset RoadC 
4908 Somerset RoadC 
4909 Somerset RoadC 
4910 Somerset RoadCPG:68-4-16 -- Kreider House
4911 Somerset RoadC 
4912 Somerset RoadC 
4913 Somerset RoadC 
6010 Taylor RoadC 
6012 Taylor RoadC 
6303 Taylor RoadC 
6304 Taylor RoadC 
6415 Taylor RoadC 
6417 Taylor RoadC 
6419 Taylor RoadC 
6426 Taylor RoadC 
4502 Tuckerman StreetC 
4504 Tuckerman StreetC 
4505 Tuckerman StreetC 
4506 Tuckerman StreetC 
4508 Tuckerman StreetC 
4510 Tuckerman StreetC 
4512 Tuckerman StreetC 
4516 Tuckerman StreetC 
4517 Tuckerman StreetC 
4518 Tuckerman StreetC 
4519 Tuckerman StreetC 
4520 Tuckerman StreetC 
4522 Tuckerman StreetC 
4524 Tuckerman StreetC 
4600 Tuckerman StreetC 
4601 Tuckerman StreetC 
4602 Tuckerman StreetC 
4603 Tuckerman StreetC 
4604 Tuckerman StreetC 
4606 Tuckerman StreetC 
4607 Tuckerman StreetC 
4608 Tuckerman StreetC 
4609 Tuckerman StreetC 
4610 Tuckerman StreetC 
4701 Tuckerman StreetC 
4705 Tuckerman StreetC 
4707 Tuckerman StreetC 
4709 Tuckerman StreetC 
4713 Tuckerman StreetC 
4800 Tuckerman StreetC 
4802 Tuckerman StreetC 
4803 Tuckerman StreetC 
4804 Tuckerman StreetC 
4805 Tuckerman StreetC 
4806 Tuckerman StreetC 
4901 Tuckerman StreetC 
4902 Tuckerman StreetC 
4903 Tuckerman StreetC 
4904 Tuckerman StreetC 
4905 Tuckerman StreetC 
4906 Tuckerman StreetC 
4907 Tuckerman StreetC 
4908 Tuckerman StreetC 
4909 Tuckerman StreetC 
4910 Tuckerman StreetC 
4911 Tuckerman StreetC 
4912 Tuckerman StreetC 
4913 Tuckerman StreetC 
4914 Tuckerman StreetC 
4916 Tuckerman StreetC 
4808 Tuckerman StreetC 
4809 Tuckerman StreetC 
4812 Tuckerman StreetC 
4814 Tuckerman StreetC 
4900 Tuckerman StreetNC 
4810 Tuckerman StreetNC 
4811 Tuckerman StreetNC 
4807 Tuckerman StreetNC 
4711 Tuckerman StreetNC 
4904 Somerset RoadNC 
4707 Somerset RoadNC 
4903 Sheridan StreetNC 
4705 Somerset RoadNC 
4810 Somerset RoadNC 
4910 Sheridan StreetNC 
4911 Sheridan StreetNC 
4913 Sheridan StreetNC 
4810 Sheridan StreetNC 
4900 Sheridan StreetNC 
4906 Riverdale RoadNC 
6409 Rhode Island AvenueNC 
6501 Rhode Island AvenueNC 
4802 Sheridan StreetNC 
4803 Sheridan StreetNC 
5011 Riverdale RoadNC 
4701 Sheridan StreetNC 
4703 Sheridan StreetNC 
4705 Sheridan StreetNC 
4902 Riverdale RoadNC 
4719 Riverdale RoadNC 
4720 Riverdale RoadNC 
6200 Rhode Island Avenue BlockNC 
4714 Riverdale RoadNC 
6313 Rhode Island AvenueNC 
6323 Rhode Island AvenueNC 
6403-05 Rhode Island AvenueNC 
6100 Rhode Island AvenueNCPG:68-4-10 -- Dorsey Plumbing & Heating Co.
4910 Ravenswood RoadNC 
4905 Ravenswood RoadNC 
4604 Riverdale RoadNC 
4605 Riverdale RoadNC 
4606 Riverdale RoadNC 
4813 Ravenswood RoadNC 
4714 Ravenswood RoadNC 
4807 Ravenswood RoadNC 
4709 Ravenswood RoadNC 
4715 Queensbury RoadNC 
4503 Queensbury RoadNC 
4911 Queensbury RoadNC 
4808 Queensbury RoadNC 
4810 Queensbury RoadNC 
4811 Queensbury RoadNC 
4705 Queensbury RoadNCPG:68-4-9 -- NASA Washington Federal Credit Union
4706 Queensbury RoadNC 
4709 Queensbury RoadNC 
4710 Queensbury RoadNC 
4603 Queensbury RoadNC 
4717 Oliver StreetNC 
4706 Oliver StreetNC 
6401 Lafayette AvenueNC 
5907 Harrison AvenueNC 
200 Dupont CircleNC 
4908 East West HighwayNC 
5801 Harrison AvenueNC 
5805 Harrison AvenueNC 
5809 Harrison AvenueNC 
5813 Harrison AvenueNC 
5901 Harrison AvenueNC 
5909 Cleveland AvenueNC 
5906 Cleveland AvenueNC 
4902 East West HighwayNC 
4903 East West HighwayNC 
4904 East West HighwayNC 
5803 Baltimore AvenueNC 
5811 Baltimore AvenueNC 
6310 47th AvenueNC 
6412 49th AvenueNC 
6414 49th AvenueNC 
5903 Cleveland AvenueNC 
6411 Baltimore AvenueNC 
6419 Baltimore AvenueNC 
6301 49th AvenueNC 
6309 45th PlaceNC 
6310 45th PlaceNC 
6311 45th PlaceNC 
6403 45th PlaceNC 
6306 45th PlaceNC 
6307 45th PlaceNC 
6306 47th AvenueNC 

 

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