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College Heights Estates Historic District
Inventory No.: PG:66-30
Date Listed: 12/12/2012
Location: Hyattsville/Town of University Park, Prince Georges County
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: 1938-1960
Resources: 199 (141 contributing, 37 non-contributing)
Description: The suburban neighborhood of College Heights Estates contains a noteworthy concentration of imposing mid-20th century residential buildings. The single-family dwellings, set on expansive landscaped lots along winding and dead-end streets, reflect fashionable interpretations of domestic architectural styles from the late 1930s to the early 1960s. The predominant architectural style present is Colonial Revival, with the dominant form during the pre-World War II period of development being those closely associated with the style. The influences of the Italian Renaissance, Tudor Revival, Dutch Colonial Revival, and Streamline Moderne styles were also noted, although minimally, and often in conjunction with the Colonial Revival style. The influences of the Modern Movement shaped the building forms of the post-war period of development, and affected fenestration, exterior cladding, massing, and most significantly the house plan--both exterior and interior. Early domestic forms include the Cape Cod and rectangular box, which led to the ranch house, split level, and minimal traditional forms after 1945. Although these popular forms were designed and promoted for their economies of design and construction, examples in College Heights Estates were typically larger than the national norm and incorporated landscape and/or picture windows that further enhanced the spaciousness of the house by providing views of expansive yards and mature trees. Popular in the early 20th century, the landscape window is composed of a large, fixed pane of glass at the center flanked on either side by casements or decorative muntins. Often called a "cottage window," the landscape window followed the example of the Queen Anne-style window of the late 19th century by providing an unobstructed center pane, while still preserving the muntins that were popularly embraced as "part of the infrastructure of perceptual framing." The succeeding picture window, gaining popularity by the 1940s, abandoned the framing muntins in favor of a larger plate glass window that fused outdoors and indoors, making even the smallest of rooms deceptively larger. The majority of the single-family dwellings in the community were designed by staff architects of the real estate development company, College Heights Estates, Inc. The company established fourteen detailed covenants related to the siting of houses and garages, fencing and walls, grading and slopes, and building uses, requiring design review by College Heights Estates, Inc. for new construction or changes to designs with regard to cost, type, size, materials, color scheme, site plans, and all exterior details and specifications. Therefore, whether constructed within the first area platted in 1938 or in one of the last sections platted in 1960, the houses of College Heights Estates collectively exhibit compatibility of style, massing, scale, materials, setback, and setting. Significance: College Heights Estates is an excellent illustration of a residential automobile suburb in Prince George's County that documents the evolution of mid-20th Century architectural trends. In 1938, the first of the 18 subdivision plats making up this cohesive neighborhood, which was formerly part of the Eversfield farm, was recorded in response to the housing needs of an expanding suburban population. The historic district is composed of properties located within the unincorporated neighborhood of College Heights Estates (subdivided as Plats 1-5 and 9-18) and properties located within the municipal boundaries of the incorporated Town of University Park (subdivided as Plats 6-8). The suburban plan of College Heights Estates was intended to accommodate the automobile, which directly affected the designs of streets, houses, garages, and yards, and the neighborhood's location along highly traveled arterial roads. Some of the houses were speculatively built as models by College Heights Estates, Inc., on expansive landscaped lots and with the newest modern amenities and conveniences to accommodate the discriminating tastes of more affluent homebuyers. Additionally, unlike many contemporaneous neighborhoods in Prince George's County, a number of property owners employed regionally prominent architects to design their houses, thus deviating from the common styles and forms ceased altogether during World War II because of the shortage of building materials, new construction in the late 1940s to the early 1960s ultimately created an automobile suburb composed of impressive mid-20th century dwellings notably larger than most contemporaneous suburban neighborhoods. All designs, whether the work of the development company. As a result, whether constructed within the first platted area in 1938 or in one of the last sections in 1960, the houses of College Heights Estates display a compatibility of style, massing, scale, materials, and siting that allows for a comprehensive study of the evolution of pre- and post-World War II residential architecture in a local context. Consequently, College Heights Estates has achieved significance as the product of the mid-20th century with individual components combined to create a distinguishable automobile suburb with high artistic value. The district is both architecturally significant and historically significant for its association with community planning and development.

District Resources (199) (141 contributing, 37 non-contributing)

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

AddressStatusResource Name and MIHP (if any)
7217 Adelphi RoadC 
7305 Adelphi RoadC 
7311 Adelphi RoadC 
7313 Adelphi RoadC 
3900 Calverton DriveC 
3902 Calverton DriveC 
3903 Calverton DriveC 
7207 Adelphi RoadC 
7209 Adelphi RoadC 
7211 Adelphi RoadC 
7203 Adelphi RoadC 
3905 Calverton DriveC 
3907 Calverton DriveC 
3912 Calverton DriveC 
3914 Calverton DriveC 
3915 Calverton DriveC 
3916 Calverton DriveC 
3918 Calverton DriveC 
3909 Calverton DriveC 
3910 Calverton DriveC 
7002 Chansory LaneC 
4000 Clagett RoadC 
4001 Clagett RoadC 
4003 Clagett RoadC 
4004 Clagett RoadC 
4005 Clagett RoadC 
4007 Clagett RoadC 
7007 Chansory LaneC 
7008 Chansory Lane/3917 Calverton DriveC 
7009 Chansory LaneC 
7011 Chansory LaneC 
4101 Clagett RoadC 
4102 Clagett RoadC 
4103 Clagett RoadC 
4111 Clagett RoadC 
4112 Clagett RoadC 
4113 Clagett RoadC 
4200 Clagett RoadC 
4201 Clagett RoadC 
7002 College Heights DriveC 
7003 College Heights DriveC 
3902 Commander DriveC 
3903 Commander DriveC 
3905 Commander DriveC 
3906 Commander DriveC 
4106 Clagett RoadC 
4107 Clagett RoadC 
4109 Clagett RoadC 
7004 Chansory LaneC 
3908 Commander DriveC 
3910 Commander DriveC 
3911 Commander DriveC 
3913 Commander DriveC 
3914 Commander DriveC 
3915 Commander DriveC 
3920 Commander DriveC 
7004 Eversfield DriveC 
7005 Eversfield DriveC 
7006 Eversfield DriveC 
7008 Eversfield DriveC 
3917 Commander DriveC 
3918 Commander DriveC 
7108 Eversfield DriveC 
7112 Eversfield DriveC 
7100 Eversfield DriveC 
7004 Lovell DriveC 
7005 Lovell DriveC 
7006 Lovell DriveC 
7002 Lovell DriveC 
6911 Wells ParkwayC 
7001 Wells ParkwayC 
7003 Wells ParkwayC 
7005 Wells ParkwayC 
7015 Wells ParkwayC 
7103 Wells ParkwayC 
7105 Wells ParkwayC 
7107 Wells ParkwayC 
7109 Wells ParkwayC 
7004 Windsor LaneC 
7006 Windsor LaneC 
7207 Windsor LaneC 
7208 Windsor LaneC 
7209 Windsor LaneC 
7210 Windsor LaneC 
7211 Windsor LaneC 
7212 Windsor LaneC 
7006 Southwark TerraceC 
7009 Wells ParkwayC 
7011 Wells ParkwayC 
7214 Windsor LaneC 
7215 Windsor LaneC 
7216 Windsor LaneC 
7001 40th AvenueC 
7008 40th AvenueC 
7011 Adelphi RoadC 
7019 Adelphi RoadC 
4001 Clagett RoadC 
4201 Clagett RoadC 
6805 Forest Hill DriveC 
6900 Forest Hill DriveC 
6901 Forest Hill DriveC 
6902 Forest Hill DriveC 
6903 Forest Hill DriveC 
6905 Forest Hill DriveC 
6907 Forest Hill DriveC 
6909 Forest Hill DriveC 
7000 Forest Hill DriveC 
7001 Forest Hill DriveC 
7004 Forest Hill DriveC 
7005 Forest Hill DriveC 
7006 Forest Hill DriveC 
3802 Calverton DriveC 
3803 Calverton DriveC 
3804 Calverton DriveC 
3806 Calverton DriveC 
4003 Van Buren StreetC 
4004 Van Buren StreetC 
4005 Van Buren StreetC 
4007 Van Buren StreetC 
4009 Van Buren StreetC 
4010 Van Buren StreetC 
4011 Van Buren StreetC 
4012 Van Buren StreetC 
4013 Van Buren StreetC 
4015 Van Buren StreetC 
6900 Wells ParkwayC 
6902 Wells ParkwayC 
6904 Wells ParkwayC 
6906 Wells ParkwayC 
6908 Wells ParkwayC 
6910 Wells ParkwayC 
6912 Wells ParkwayC 
7004 Wells ParkwayC 
7006 Wells ParkwayC 
7008 Wells ParkwayC 
7010 Wells ParkwayC 
7012 Wells ParkwayC 
7102 Wells ParkwayC 
7106 Wells ParkwayC 
7010 Forest Hill DriveC 
7011 Forest Hill DriveC 
3901 Van Buren StreetNC 
4001 Van Buren StreetNC 
4002 Van Buren StreetNC 
7108 Wells ParkwayNC 
7110 Wells ParkwayNC 
6902 Chansory LaneNC 
6912 40th AvenueNC 
6912 40th AvenueNC 
7201 Adelphi RoadNC 
7009 Forest Hill DriveNC 
7101 Adelphi RoadNC 
7103 Adelphi RoadNC 
3800 Calverton DriveNC 
7013 Wells ParkwayNC 
7007 Southwark TerraceNC 
7007 Wells ParkwayNC 
7003 Lovell DriveNC 
7003 Southwark TerraceNC 
7004 Southwark TerraceNC 
7005 Southwark TerraceNC 
7001 Partridge PlaceNC 
7002 Partridge PlaceNC 
7000 Southwark TerraceNC 
7114 Eversfield DriveNC 
7109 Eversfield DriveNC 
3919 Commander DriveNC 
7010 Eversfield DriveNC 
7104 Eversfield DriveNC 
3921 Commander DriveNC 
3923 Commander DriveNC 
3925 Commander DriveNC 
7003 Eversfield DriveNC 
3916 Commander DriveNC 
7006 Chansory LaneNC 
3907 Commander DriveNC 
7003 Chansory LaneNC 
3920 Calverton DriveNC 
3911 Calverton DriveC/NC 
4009 Clagett RoadC/NC 
4011 Clagett RoadC/NC 
3908 Calverton DriveC/NC 
7205 Adelphi RoadC/NC 
7213 Adelphi RoadC/NC 
7215 Adelphi RoadC/NC 
3904 Calverton DriveC/NC 
4104 Clagett RoadC/NC 
4105 Clagett RoadC/NC 
7015 Chansory LaneC/NC 
3909 Commander DriveC/NC 
4110 Clagett RoadC/NC 
7001 Lovell Drive C/NC 
7002 Southwark TerraceC/NC 
7213 Windsor LaneC/NC 
7218 Windsor LaneC/NC 
3801 Calverton DriveC/NC 
7007 Forest Hill DriveC/NC 
6904 Forest Hill DriveC/NC 
6812 Wells ParkwayC/NC 


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