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Photo credit: Fred B. Shoken, 1983
Charles Village/Abell Historic District
Inventory No.: B-3736
Date Listed: 12/15/1983
Location: Baltimore, Baltimore City
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: c. 1868-c.1930
Boundary Description: Bounded by 25th Street, Mace Street, Charles Street, University Parkway, Barclay Street and Guilford Avenue
Resources: 82 (33 contributing, 5 non-contributing)
Description: Charles Village/Abell is a distinctive, well-defined area in north central Baltimore City, generally bounded by 25th street on the south, Mace Street and Charles Street on the west, University Parkway on the north, and Barclay Street and Guilford Avenue on the east. The district takes in some 45 city blocks and consists of approximately 1500 structures. This overwhelmingly residential district is primarily made up of circa 1895-1915 rowhouses built along a grid pattern. The houses were built primarily in large groups often taking up entire city blocks. There is a variety of housing types featuring eclectic architectural elements such as pedimented front porches, bowed fronts, projecting bays, dutch gables, pyramidal and conical roofs, small balconies, and stained glass windows and transoms. Most of the housing is set back from the street providing well-landscaped front lawns that are compatible to the park-like boulevards of North Charles Street and 33rd Street. In addition to the rowhousing, many early 20th century apartment buildings are located within the district. Other building types in the area include churches, individual houses, institutional structures, and a few compatible commercial buildings. The district is characterized by its strong north-south emphasis, largely residential character, distinctive housing set back from the street, and a high degree of integrity that distinguishes Charles Village/Abell from surrounding neighborhoods located along diverging street patterns. Approximately 99% of the buildings in the district contribute to the area’s historic character. Significance: The Charles Village/Abell area has played an important role in the development of North Central Baltimore. It can be considered the northernmost extension of Baltimore’s finest rowhouse neighborhoods which first developed at Mount Vernon Place and expanded northward along the Charles Street corridor. The architecture of Charles Village/Abell represents a cross section of late 19th to early 20th century rowhousing, individual homes, apartments, institutional structures, and compatible commercial buildings that provide the pivotal transition between the heavily urbanized neighborhoods to the south and the garden suburbs of Guilford, Homeland, and Roland Park to the north. This area is unique since it combines an urban grid street pattern and rowhouse character with suburban-like landscaped front yards and park-like boulevards---the result of early community planning efforts. Both the predominance of eclectic rowhouse detailing which represents a complete break from the traditional Baltimore rowhouse and the area’s high degree of integrity with few intrusions and alterations distinguishes Charles Village/Abell from other Baltimore neighborhoods. The development of this area is associated with important developer/builders, such as Francis E. Yewell, who shaped the growth of many Baltimore City neighborhoods around the turn of the 20th century, and with many local and national architects/planners responsible for the area’s design excellence, including: Charles R. Carson; Parker, Thomas and Rice; Theodore W. Pietsch; Otto Simonson; the Olmsted Brothers; Joseph E. Sperry; McKenzie, Forhees and Gmelin; Lawrence Hall Fowler; J. Appleton Wilson; Edward H. Glidden; and John Russell Pope. The early residents of the neighborhood included many important Baltimore civic and business leaders, such as Mayor Thomas Hayes, Edwin C. Bennett, Dr. Merville H. Carter, William Boucher, Abel Woman, and A.H. Fetting. Two other distinguished citizens of the neighborhood were members of the Old National League Baltimore Orioles who so influenced the game of baseball that they were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame---Wilbert Robinson and John McGraw.

District Resources (82) (33 contributing, 5 non-contributing)

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

AddressStatusResource Name and MIHP (if any)
2515 Saint Paul StreetC 
2509-2513 Saint Pault StreetC 
2610-2620 Saint Paul StreetCLittle Georgetown Row
2716-2718 Saint Paul StreetC 
2900 Saint Paul StreetC 
3100 block Barclay StreetC 
30-56 E. 26th StreetC 
2721-2753 Maryland AvenueC 
2901-2947 Saint Paul StreetC 
2923-2943 N. Charles StreetC 
2637-2547 N. Charles StreetC 
2701-2743 Saint Paul StreetC 
3000-3048 Guilford AvenueC 
2700-2746 N. Calvert StreetC 
2902-2934 N. Calvert StreetC 
2801-2815 Guilford AvenueC 
3200-3246 Abell AvenueC 
110-118 E. 33rd StreetC 
3024 N. Calvert Street (SW corner of Calvert Street and 31st Street)CCalvert Court Apartments
3215 N. Charles StreetCBlackstone Apartments
3401-3409 Greenway StreetC 
2938 Saint Paul StreetC 
2900 N. Calvert StreetCB-69 -- Old Carter House
2903 N. Charles StreetC 
3213 N. Charles StreetCthe Wolman House
2901 Hargrove StreetC 
2715 N. Charles StreetCB-4249 -- Sts. Philip & James Church (Leonard C. Crewe Jr. Building)
2640 Saint Paul Street (SW corner of Saint Paul Street and 27th Street)CSaint John's Church
3501 N. Charles StreetCB-129 -- University Baptist Church (Map Only)
2521 Saint Paul StreetCEnoch Pratt Free Library Branch
corner of N. Calvert Street and E. 33rd Street (200-298 E. 33rd Street?)CUnion Memorial Hospital
216 E. 31st StreetCthe Telephone Building
2646 N. Calvert StreetC 
2519-2527 N. Charles StreetNC 
Charles Street and 27th StreetNCthe Red Cross Building
N. Charles StreetNCNorth Charles General Hospital
2905 North Charles StreetNCB-5154 -- Baltimorean Apartments
3100 block Saint Paul StreetNC 
3001-3311 Abell Avenue  
3000-3098; 3200-3242 Barclay Street  
2500-2698; 2748-2898; 2936-3022; 3026-3316 N. Calvert Street  
2501-3221 N. Calvert Street  
2500-2850 N. Charles Street  
2501-2517; 2529- 2635; 2649-2713; 2717-2901; 2907-2921; 2945-3211; 3217-3509 N. Charles Street  
2-28; 58-298 E. 26th Street  
2-214; 218-398 E. 31st Street  
1-399 E. 31st Street  
2-108; 232-346 E. 33rd Street  
1-343 E. 33rd Street  
2501-2799; 2817-3315 Guilford Avenue  
2500-2998; 3050-3220 Guilford Avenue  
2500-3398 Hargrove Street  
2501-2899; 2903-3399 Hargrove Street  
2500-3198 Hunter Street  
2501-3199 Hunter Street  
2500-3398 Lovegrove Street  
2501-3399 Lovegrove Street  
2500-2798 Morton Street  
2501-2799 Morton Street  
2500-2836 Maryland Avenue  
2501-2719; 2755-2899 Maryland Avenue  
2500-2638; 2642-2714; 2720-2898; 2902-2936; 2938-3098; 3200-3506 Saint Paul Street  
2501-2507; 2517-2519; 2523-2699; 2745-2899; 2949-3099; 3201-3506 Saint Paul Street  
102 E. 25th Street  
2-98 E. 34th Street  
1-199 E. 34th Street  
2-98 W. 26th Street  
2-298 E. 27th Street  
1-299 E. 27th Street  
2-98 W. 27th Street  
1-99 W. 27th Street  
2-298 E. 28th Street  
1-299 E. 28th Street  
2-98 W. 28th Street  
1-99 W. 28th Street  
2-298 E. 29th Street  
1-299 E. 29th Street  
1-117 W. 29th Street  
2-398 E. 30th Street  
1-399 E. 30th Street  
2-398 E. 32nd Street  
1-399 E. 32nd Street  

 

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