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Photo credit: Traceries, 05/2001
West Riverdale Historic District
Inventory No.: PG:68-93
Date Listed: 12/23/2002
Location: Riverdale Park, Prince Georges County
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: 1906-1942
Architect/Builder: Architect: Ronald Senseman; Builders: Herbert Hubbard and Walter R. Wilson
Resources: 69 (65 contributing, 4 non-contributing)
Description: West Riverdale Historic District is bordered by Baltimore Avenue (US 1) to the east and East-West Highway (MD 410) to the north. The City of Hyattsville wraps around the western and southern sides of the neighborhood. The neighborhood was appended to Riverdale Park soon after it was laid out and platted in 1906. West Riverdale was enlarged in 1937 by the platting of "Dr. R.A. Bennett's Residue Riverdale" and presently consists of six blocks with Queensbury Road as the primary east-west corridor. West Riverdale is defined by a modest variety of architectural styles and building types ranging from early-20th century vernacular interpretations of popular styles to diluted, suburbanized examples of revival styles that dominated the second quarter of the 20th century. Primarily, the domestic resources in West Riverdale date from the 1910s to infill housing of the 1980s, although the majority of buildings predate 1942. Architectural styles presented in the district were often diluted, illustrating modest examples of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and Tudor Revival styles. The neighborhood is primarily made up of single-family dwellings that surround the centrally located Eugene Leland Memorial Hospital (now known as the Crescent Cities Health and Rehabilitation Center). Many of the properties include freestanding or attached garages or sheds. The buildings are buffered from the tree-lined public streets by sidewalks and grassy medians. Significance: West Riverdale is an excellent illustration of the residential development taking place on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., in the early 20th century. The property, historically part of the Calvert family's Riversdale plantation, was subdivided in response to an expanding suburban population and the development of neighboring Riverdale Park, which is located to the immediate east of Baltimore Avenue. Initially platted by Charles Benedict Calvert in 1853 as "Ellaville," 62 acres of the 19th century subdivision were purchased in 1906 by Francis Carmody and replatted as "West Riverdale." Although the neighborhood experienced little initial growth, development in West Riverdale exploded in 1915 after local rest estate developer Walter R. Wilson purchased 200 unimproved lots. West Riverdale was incorporated as part of the Town of Riverdale in 1920. Growth of the neighborhood continued at a steady pace until the 1930s, when over half of the buildings were erected. Platted in 1937, "Dr. R.A. Bennett's Residue Riverdale" completed the West Riverdale community, which became the home of Prince George's County's first hospital in 1941. The increasing population and commercial and governmental growth of metropolitan Washington, D.C., most notably during the last 20 years of the 20th century, has resulted in further development of the Town of Riverdale. This late-20th century growth was predominantly commercial and centered along Baltimore Avenue, thereby physically and visually separating West Riverdale from the Town of Riverdale. The chronological development of West Riverdale is documented by its architecture, which dates from the 1910s to 1942, with minimal infill in the latter half of the 20th century. West Riverdale presents an eclectic collection of modest building forms dressed in high-style ornamentation reflecting the Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Tudor Revival styles. Building forms vary from 2 1/2-story brick and wood frame dwellings to smaller bungalow and Cape Cod residences.

District Resources (69) (65 contributing, 4 non-contributing)

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

AddressStatusResource Name and MIHP (if any)
6101 44th AvenueC 
6102 44th AvenueC 
6103 44th AvenueC 
6104 44th AvenueC 
6105 44th AvenueC 
6106 44th AvenueC 
6107 44th AvenueC 
6108 44th AvenueC 
6109 44th AvenueC 
6110 44th AvenueC 
6111 44th AvenueC 
6112 44th AvenueC 
6113 44th AvenueC 
6202 44th AvenueC 
6204 44th AvenueC 
6206 44th AvenueC 
6207 44th AvenueC 
6208 44th AvenueC 
6209 44th AvenueC 
6210 44th AvenueC 
6211 44th AvenueC 
6212 44th AvenueC 
6213 44th AvenueC 
6214 44th AvenueC 
6215 44th AvenueC 
6216 44th AvenueC 
6217 44th AvenueC 
6218 44th AvenueC 
6219 44th AvenueC 
6100 44th PlaceC 
6101 44th PlaceC 
6102 44th PlaceC 
6103 44th PlaceC 
6104 44th PlaceC 
6106 44th PlaceC 
6108 44th PlaceC 
6110 44th PlaceC 
6112 44th PlaceC 
6209 44th PlaceC 
4306 Queensbury RoadC 
4308 Queensbury RoadC 
4309 Queensbury RoadC 
4310 Queensbury RoadC 
4311 Queensbury RoadC 
4401 Queensbury RoadC 
4403 Queensbury RoadC 
4404 Queensbury RoadCPG:68-93-14 -- Eugene Leland Memorial Hospital (Crescent Cities Nursing & Rehabilitation Center)
6101 43rd StreetC 
6103 43rd StreetC 
6105 43rd StreetC 
6107 43rd StreetC 
6109 43rd StreetC 
6111 43rd StreetC 
6113 43rd StreetC 
6115 43rd StreetC 
6117 43rd StreetC 
6119 43rd StreetC 
6205 43rd StreetC 
6207 43rd StreetC 
6209 43rd StreetC 
6211 43rd StreetC 
6213 43rd StreetC 
6215 43rd StreetC 
6217 43rd StreetC 
6201 43rd StreetC 
6203 43rd StreetNC 
6100 44th AvenueNC 
6121 43rd StreetNC 
6125 43rd StreetNC 


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