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Photo credit: J. Christopher Frey, 06/2001
Lake Drive Apartments
Inventory No.: B-1338
Date Listed: 12/28/2001
Location: 903 Druid Park Lake Drive, Baltimore, Baltimore City
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: 1920
Architect/Builder: Architect: Edward Livingston Palmer, Jr.
Description: The Lake Drive Apartments at 903 Druid Park Lake Drive is an early 20th century brick and stone apartment building that overlooks the southern quadrant of Druid Park and the Druid Park Lake. This 8-story apartment building is one of the physical and visual anchors of an early 20th century residential neighborhood in northern Baltimore known as Reservoir Hill. It is one of five such high-rise buildings in the neighborhood. Built in 1919-1920, and designed by prominent local architect E. L. Palmer, Jr., the Lake Drive Apartments was designed using the Classical Revival style that falls into the broad category of late 19th and early 20th century revival styles. Elements of the Classical Revival style are incorporated throughout the building, particularly around the main entrance and cornice and in the main lobby. Except for changes to some apartment floor plans, the Lake Drive retains much of its original appearance. Decorative interior elements such as the Classical Revival-inspired trim and parquet flooring survive, maintaining the integrity of the property. The building now stands vacant as developers make plans for its rehabilitation as part of the larger effort to revive the Reservoir Hill neighborhood. Significance: The Lake Drive Apartments is significant for its contributions to the area of Social History and Architecture. The building is locally significant for its role in the development of Baltimore’s Jewish community and as a representative example of the early 20th century upscale urban apartment building. Built in 1919 in the northern Baltimore neighborhood of Reservoir Hill, the Lake Drive Apartments was designed using modest Classical Revival styling that was popular in the 1910s and 20s. When it was constructed, it featured the latest in apartment house design and technology, such as proper ventilation and mechanical systems. Large interior spaces an picturesque views of the adjacent Druid Hill Park made the Lake Drive Apartments one of Baltimore’s premier addresses. As the home of some of the city’s wealthier Jewish citizens, the Lake Drive Apartments was one of the later upscale apartment buildings in the predominantly 19th century residential neighborhood. The Lake Drive Apartments is an illustration of the national trend in housing in the first quarter of the 20th century, as apartment buildings became an integral part of the urban culture that considered the apartment a sign of financial and social status.


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