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Photo credit: Paul Baker Touart, 01/2003
Centreville Historic District
Inventory No.: QA-541
Date Listed: 11/13/2004
Location: Centreville, Queen Annes County
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: 1746-1950
Resources: 408 (327 contributing, 73 non-contributing)
Description: Centreville, the county seat of Queen Anne's County, is situated on an elevated ridge of land framed by branches of the Corsica River. Primary road access is through MD 213 which splits at the south entrance of Centreville, with Commerce Street on the east as the northerly route and a parallel avenue, Liberty Street, which heads south. Route 213 follows roughly the historic north/south highway that connects the principal towns of the upper Eastern Shore. Centreville is laid out on a rough grid plan with several streets or alleys, principally MD 304 (Water Street), intersecting Commerce and Liberty Streets. The heart of Centreville is defined by the historic public square, which retains a late-18th century courthouse that still houses county government functions. The courthouse square is flanked on its south side by Lawers' Row, a particularly important street in Centreville boasting a fine assortment of 19th and early-20th century commercial and public buildings. The town's historic business district is primarily confined to the area bounded by Liberty Street on the west, Banjo Lane on the east, Godwin's alley on the south, and the juncture of MD 213 on the north end. The southeast end of this central business block was destroyed in a 1902 town fire. The Centreville National Bank at the southeast corner of North Commerce Street and Lawyers' Row and the former Queen Anne National Bank next door were both constructed in 1903-04 in the Beaux-Arts style, part of the rebuilding effort following the fire. Most of the central business district is defined by 18th, 19th, and 20th century structures in varying degrees of alteration and/or preservation. The historic housing stock of Centreville surrounds the business district on the north, south, east, and west. On the northwest side of Centreville, the section of MD 304 known as Chesterfield Avenue leads to a significant collection of historic buildings fronting the Corsica River. On the southeast side of Centreville the historic district embraces the oldest structure in town, the 1746 gambrel-roofed brick dwelling known as Providence. The collection of over two dozen brick and frame dwellings dating from the first generation of the town's history, between 1794 and 1820, includes a group of one- and two-story houses, many of which are based on center hall and side hall plans of single-pile and double-pile depth. Included in this group are many finely built Flemish bond brick houses distinguished by well executed Federal exterior and interior finishes. Particularly conspicuous is the large number of gambrel-roofed dwellings, the most known for an Eastern Shore town. Another cluster of early structures is located on the district's north end. Among these is the former Centreville Academy, a two-story c. 1803 Flemish bond building considered to be the oldest school in the county, and possibly the state. It operated in its original function for a century. The early stock of Centreville's domestic architecture is oriented largely to Commerce and Liberty Streets, the two principal avenues that constituted the town's focus during its formative years. Intermingled with the Federal dwellings is a smaller number of second-quarter 19th century houses that represent the influence of the Greek Revival of the 1840s and 1850s. A number of Federal houses along Commerce and Liberty Streets were heavily modified in Greek taste during this period. In the post-Civil War era, a range of popular romantic revival and eclectic Victorian house forms and designs were erected. Around 1880 a group of 1 1/2-story tenant houses was erected on the south shore of the Corsica River for merchant and ship captain John H. Ozmon. These rare structures have a one-room plan and two-story front porches facing the river. Chesterfield Avenue, between Broadway and the intersection of Watson Road, is lined with a series of late-19th and early-20th century houses, mostly of frame construction erected after 1880 when the Significance: The Centreville Historic District is significant for its association with the development of Queen Anne's County. Laid out during the 18th century as a new county seat, Centreville has served as the center of commerce and government for over 200 years, and remains the largest and most diverse urban center in Queen Anne's County. The district derives additional significance for its exceptional collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th century buildings chronicling the architectural development of an Eastern Shore community. Among Centreville's residential, commercial, and ecclesiastical buildings are representative examples of the various architectural types and styles which characterized towns in the region during the period.

District Resources (408) (327 contributing, 73 non-contributing)

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

AddressStatusResource Name and MIHP (if any)
128 N. Commerce StreetCQA-325 -- Nelson Package Goods Store
132 N. Commerce StreetC 
200 N. Commerce StreetC 
202 N. Commerce StreetC 
Court House SquareCQA-146 -- Queen Anne's County Court House
204 N. Commerce StreetCQA-145 -- John Sause Law Office
203 N. Commerce StreetC 
205 N. Commerce StreetC 
201 Watson RoadCQA-244 -- Captain John H. Ozmon House
Centreville WharfCQA-201 -- Captain John H. Ozmon Store
104 Front StreetCQA-199 -- Vincent Sabecki House
108 Front StreetCQA-200 -- Clinton Waters House
200-212 Corsica StreetCQA-198 -- Captain's Houses
101 Wharf LaneC 
105 Wharf LaneC 
109,115,121,127 Wharf LaneC 
128 Wharf LaneC 
132 Wharf LaneC 
102 N. Commerce StreetCQA-321 -- Connors' Pharmacy
104-106 N. Commerce StreetCQA-322 -- Yates-Tolson Building
108-112 N. Commerce StreetCQA-323 -- Harmon Building
116 N. Commerce StreetCQA-324 -- McKenney Building
N. Commerce Street at Lawyer's RowCQA-307 -- Centreville National Bank
121 N. Commerce StreetCQA-147 -- Centreville Furniture Store
419 S. Commerce StreetC 
201 Creamery LaneC 
Chesterfield Avenue Extended CQA-196 -- Wharf House (Part of Chesterfield, Dockery's Lot)
119 Watson RoadC 
115 Watson RoadC 
110 Watson RoadC 
104 Watson RoadC 
501 Chesterfield AvenueC 
505 Chesterfield AvenueC 
402 Chesterfield AvenueC 
401 Chesterfield AvenueC 
310 Chesterfield AvenueC 
317 Chesterfield AvenueC 
308 Chesterfield AvenueC 
315 Chesterfield AvenueCQA-344 -- Barton-Henry House
313 Chesterfield AvenueC 
306 Chesterfield AvenueCQA-343 -- Newnam House
311 Chesterfield AvenueC 
309 Chesterfield AvenueC 
304 Chesterfield AvenueC 
Chesterfield AvenueCBoard of Education of Queen Anne's County
307 Chesterfield AvenueC 
305 Chesterfield AvenueC 
303 Chesterfield AvenueCQA-341 -- Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church
303 Chesterfield AvenueCQA-342 -- Mother of Sorrows Rectory
402 Creamery LaneC 
437 Chesterfield AvenueC 
421 Chesterfield AvenueC 
411 Chesterfield AvenueC 
407 Chesterfield AvenueC 
405 Chesterfield AvenueCQA-345 -- Edwin H. Brown House (Valliant House)
403 Chesterfield AvenueC 
406 Chesterfield AvenueC 
115 Glendale AvenueC 
209 Chesterfield AvenueC 
207 Chesterfield AvenueC 
203 Chesterfield AvenueC 
201 Chesterfield AvenueC 
115 Chesterfield AvenueCQA-339 -- James Yates Residence
113 Chesterfield AvenueC 
111 Chesterfield AvenueC 
109 Chesterfield AvenueC 
107 Chesterfield AvenueC 
103 Chesterfield AvenueC 
216 W. Water StreetC 
205 W. Water StreetC 
214 W. Water StreetCQA-337 -- Helen Roe House
212 W. Water StreetCQA-336 -- B. David Skinner House
210 W. Water StreetCQA-335 -- E.J. Mitchell House
206-208 W. Water StreetCQA-334 -- Miriam Chambers House
202 W. Water StreetC 
100 N. Liberty StreetCQA-317 -- Dandy Hall
101 S. Liberty StreetCQA-326 -- Harry Chambers House
102 S. Liberty StreetCQA-161 -- Dyre Betton House
104 S. Liberty StreetCQA-160 -- Layton Residence (Layton House)
103 S. Liberty StreetCQA-320 -- Barbara Jackson House
106 S. Liberty StreetCQA-159 -- Davis Residence
107 S. Liberty StreetCQA-158 -- Vernon Brosius Residence (Brosius House)
108 S. Liberty StreetCQA-157 -- Methodist Episcopal Parsonage (Robert Thompson Residence)
109 S. Liberty StreetC 
110 S. Liberty StreetCQA-156 -- Blair Robinett Residence (Robinett House)
111 S. Liberty StreetCQA-242 -- Madison Brown House
112 S. Liberty StreetCQA-327 -- Draper House
113 S. Liberty StreetC 
115 S. Liberty StreetC 
201 S. Liberty StreetC 
202 S. Liberty StreetCQA-154 -- John Sause Residence (Wilson Harris House)
203 S. Liberty StreetC 
205 S. Liberty StreetCQA-240 -- Methodist Protestant Rectory (Alice Shea Residence)
206 S. Liberty StreetC 
207 S. Liberty StreetC 
S. Liberty Street & Church LaneCQA-155 -- St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Church LaneCQA-329 -- St. Paul's Church Parish Hall
208 S. Liberty StreetCQA-153 -- Keating House (Covington House)
302 S. Liberty StreetC 
304-306 S. Liberty StreetC 
305 S. Liberty StreetC 
307 S. Liberty StreetC 
101 Glendale AvenueC 
103 Glendale AvenueC 
105 Glendale AvenueC 
107 Glendale AvenueC 
111 Glendale AvenueC 
103 BelvedereC 
106 BelvedereC 
201 BelvedereC 
202 BelvedereC 
203 BelvedereC 
204 BelvedereC 
205 BelvedereC 
206 BelvedereC 
207 BelvedereC 
208 BelvedereC 
209 BelvedereC 
210 BelvedereC 
211 BelvedereC 
212 BelvedereC 
214 BelvedereC 
216 BelvedereC 
218 BelvedereC 
220 BelvedereC 
222 BelvedereC 
224 BelvedereC 
311 S. Liberty StreetC 
313 S. Liberty StreetC 
405 S. Liberty StreetC 
407 S. Liberty StreetC 
409 S. Liberty StreetC 
413 S. Liberty StreetC 
415 S. Liberty StreetC 
417 S. Liberty StreetC 
421 S. Liberty StreetCQA-402 -- Asbury A.M.E. Church (Charles Wesley U.M. Church)
S. Liberty StreetCChesterfield Cemetery
122 S. Commerce StreetC 
123 S. Commerce StreetCQA-243 -- Wright House
124 S. Commerce StreetCQA-139 -- Tucker House
119 S. Commerce StreetCQA-140 -- Wright's Chance
126 S. Commerce StreetC 
128 S. Commerce StreetCQA-236 -- Godwin House
201 S. Commerce StreetCQA-257 -- Jackson Collins house
202 S. Commerce StreetCQA-152 -- Holton House (Newmam House)
203 S. Commerce StreetCQA-399 -- Harper Residence (Dr. Robert Price House)
205-207 S. Commerce StreetCQA-258 -- Female Seminary (Female School, 1876)
206 S. Commerce StreetC 
208 S. Commerce StreetCQA-404 -- Grace M.P. Church Rectory (Downes Music Shop)
204 S. Commerce StreetCQA-331 -- Methodist Protestant Church
210 S. Commerce StreetC 
212 S. Commerce StreetC 
301 S. Commerce StreetC 
S. Commerce StreetCQA-330 -- Centreville Armory
309 S. Liberty StreetCQA-241 -- Bishop-Long House (Old St. Paul's Rectory)
2647 Centreville Road (MD 213) & Mill Stream BranchCQA-347 -- Chester Mill (Emory's Mill)
101-103 S. Commerce StreetC 
105-107 S. Commerce StreetCQA-403 -- Ashley Building (Straughn Hotel, Ford Building)
112 S. Commerce StreetCQA-148 -- Blue Lantern Inn
114 S. Commerce StreetCQA-149 -- Dr. John Wells' Office and Shop (Sinagra Real Estate)
116 S. Commerce StreetCQA-150 -- James Croney House (Mildred Thompson House)
120 S. Commerce StreetCQA-151 -- Croney-Skinner house
305 S. Commerce StreetC 
311 S. Commerce StreetCQA-446 -- Rectory Hill (Dickson Lot, Tilghman Property)
334 S. Commerce StreetC 
336 S. Commerce StreetC 
338 S. Commerce StreetCQA-276 -- Seward House
417 S. Commerce StreetC 
209 N. Commerce StreetC 
304 N. Commerce StreetC 
306 N. Commerce StreetC 
308 N. Commerce StreetC 
310 N. Commerce StreetC 
403 N. Commerce StreetC 
404 N. Commerce StreetC 
406 N. Commerce StreetC 
408 N. Commerce StreetC 
N. Liberty Street and Academy Lane (100 Academy Lane)CQA-141 -- Centreville Academy
333 N. Liberty StreetC 
331 N. Liberty StreetC 
329 N. Liberty StreetC 
325-327 N. Liberty StreetC 
323 N. Liberty StreetC 
321 N. Liberty StreetC 
319 N. Liberty StreetC 
317 N. Liberty StreetC 
313-315 N. Liberty StreetC 
311 N. Liberty StreetC 
309 N. Liberty StreetCQA-195 -- Joshua Kennard House
307 N. Liberty StreetC 
301 N. Liberty StreetC 
231 N. Liberty StreetC 
229 N. Liberty StreetC 
227 N. Liberty StreetC 
220 N. Commerce StreetC 
221 N. Commerce StreetC 
223 N. Commerce StreetC 
227 N. Commerce StreetCQA-144 -- Rulie Boyles House
229 N. Commerce StreetC 
303 N. Commerce StreetCQA-143 -- Dr. James Harper House (Dr. Frank's House)
305 N. Commerce StreetCQA-142 -- Tamlyn House
307 N. Commerce StreetC 
220 N. Liberty StreetC 
216-218 N. Liberty StreetC 
105 N. Liberty StreetCQA-405 -- Methodist Episcopal Church
101 Lawyers RowCQA-308 -- Queen Anne's National Bank (Centreville Town Hall)
103 Lawyers RowCQA-309 -- Centreville Observer
105 Lawyers RowCQA-310 -- Keating Building
107 Lawyers RowCQA-311 -- Office Building
109 Lawyers RowCQA-312 -- Harper Building
111 Lawyers RowCQA-313 -- David Bryan Law Office
115 Lawyers RowCQA-314 -- Vachel Downes Office (Perry Building, Queen Annes Building)
117 Lawyers RowCQA-315 -- Keating Office Building (William Keating IV Law Office)
119 Lawyers RowCQA-316 -- Howard Wood III Law Office
103 N. Liberty StreetC 
104 N. Liberty StreetC 
102 W. Water StreetC 
106 W. Water StreetC 
111-113 W. Water StreetC 
112 W. Water StreetCQA-319 -- J.W. Perry Building
211-213 BroadwayC 
215-217 BroadwayC 
219-221 BroadwayC 
218 BroadwayC 
220 BroadwayC 
222 BroadwayC 
223 BroadwayC 
224 BroadwayCQA-340 -- John Hersey Hall House (Margaret Pippin House)
117 W. Water StreetC 
118 W. Water StreetCQA-194 -- Connolly House
120 W. Water StreetCQA-318 -- E.G. Benton Building
125 Water StreetCQA-417 -- E.G. Benton's Shoe Store (Original Benton Shoe Shop)
103-105 E. Water StreetC 
107-109 E. Water StreetC 
111-113 E. Water StreetC 
115 E. Water StreetCQA-351 -- Barton Brothers Warehouse (C.P. Walters' Carpenter Shop)
117 E. Water StreetC 
119 E. Water StreetC 
121 E. Water StreetC 
328 S. Commerce StreetC 
216 N. Commerce StreetC 
201 E. Water StreetCQA-197 -- William Carmichael House
211 E. Water StreetCAcme Supermarket
204 E. Water StreetC 
412 Railroad AvenueC 
416 Railroad AvenueC 
418 Railroad AvenueC 
420 Railroad AvenueC 
426 Railroad AvenueC 
430 Railroad AvenueC 
434 Railroad AvenueC 
438 Railroad AvenueC 
442 Railroad AvenueC 
446 Railroad AvenueC 
450 Railroad AvenueC 
454 Railroad AvenueC 
341 Kidwell AvenueC 
331 Kidwell AvenueC 
325 Kidwell AvenueC 
321 Kidwell AvenueC 
315-316-317 Kidwell AvenueC 
309 Kidwell AvenueC 
305 Kidwell AvenueC 
205 Tilghmans LaneC 
203 Tilghmans LaneC 
208 Tilghmans LaneC 
206 Tilghmans LaneC 
204 Tilghmans LaneC 
202 Tilghmans LaneC 
103 Tilghmans LaneC 
107 Price StreetCQA-238 -- Mary Thompson House
207 Kidwell AvenueCQA-348 -- Ewing House
208 Kidwell AvenueC 
206 Kidwell AvenueC 
202-204 Kidwell AvenueC 
205 Kidwell AvenueC 
203 Kidwell AvenueC 
132 Kidwell AvenueC 
130 Kidwell AvenueC 
128 Kidwell AvenueC 
126 Kidwell AvenueC 
Pennsylvania AvenueCQA-349 -- Railroad Station (Centreville Freight Station)
122-124 Kidwell AvenueC 
120 Kidwell AvenueC 
116-118 Kidwell AvenueC 
114 Kidwell AvenueC 
112 Kidwell AvenueC 
110 Kidwell AvenueC 
106-108 Kidwell AvenueC 
105 Kidwell AvenueCQA-237 -- Lowe House
104 Kidwell AvenueC 
103 Kidwell AvenueC 
102 Kidwell AvenueC 
102 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
302 E. Water StreetC 
304 E. Water StreetC 
305 E. Water StreetC 
402 Railroad AvenueC 
401 Railroad AvenueC 
108 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
110 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
101 Holton StreetC 
103 Holton StreetC 
105 Holton StreetC 
106 Holton StreetC 
107 Holton StreetC 
110 Holton StreetC 
111 Holton StreetC 
216 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
218 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
Little Kidwell AvenueCFaith Tabernacle Church
114 Spring StreetC 
118 Spring StreetC 
South end Spring StreetCAmerican Legion
306 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
310 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
311 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
314 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
202 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
204 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
206 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
304 Little Kidwell AvenueC 
Little Kidwell Avenue (321?)C 
210 Little Kidwell AvenueCQA-702 -- Historic Kennard School
Kidwell AvenueCQA-104 -- Providence (Mary Brown Farm)
315 Kidwell AvenueCQA-541-1 -- House
Centreville Road (MD 213) over Old Mill Stream BranchCQA-492 -- Bridge (SHA 17021)
324 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
210 Little Kidwell AvenueNCQA-702 -- Kennard Elementary School
305 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
208 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
316 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
317 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
318 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
319 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
220 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
227 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
301 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
112 Holton StreetNC 
114 Holton StreetNC 
109 Holton StreetNC 
104 Holton StreetNC 
404 Railroad AvenueNC 
408 Railroad AvenueNC 
104 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
106 Little Kidwell AvenueNC 
201 Kidwell AvenueNC 
104 Tilghmans LaneNC 
Tilghmans LaneNC 
104, 106, 108, 110, 112, 113, 114, 117, 120, 121, 123, 125, 126, 127, 130 Price StreetNC 
210 Tilghmans LaneNC 
333-335 Kidwell AvenueNC 
Railroad AvenueNC 
Railroad AvenueNC 
301-303 E. Water Street/Railroad AvenueNC 
218 N. Commerce StreetNC 
332 S. Commerce StreetNC 
E. Water Street at Banjo LaneNCCentreville Post Office
N. Liberty Street and Broadway (107 N. Liberty Street) NCQA-332 -- Centreville Jail, site
114 W. Water StreetNC 
203-205 N. Liberty StreetNCQA-328 -- Frame Double House, site
Northwest corner of Liberty Street/BroadwayNC 
Northeast corner Broadway & LibertyNC 
Broadway Ave.NCGoodwill Fire Company
108 BroadwayNC 
110 BroadwayNC 
112 (?) Broadway (no listed address)NC 
Northwest corner of Broadway & N. CommerceNCFarmer's Bank of Maryland
302 N. Commerce StreetNC 
N. Liberty Street (between 220 and 227 N. Liberty)NC 
210 N. Commerce StreetNC 
318, 320, 322, 324, 326 S. Commerce StreetNC 
121 S. Commerce StreetNCQA-239 -- Goldsborough House, site (McKenney House)
118 S. Commerce StreetNC 
Commerce & Water StreetsNCEdwards Pharmacy
310-312 S. Liberty StreetNC 
402 S. Liberty StreetNC 
302-304 S. Commerce StreetNCQA-350 -- Schmidt Residence
408 S. Liberty StreetNCFellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home
411 S. Liberty StreetNC 
226 BelvedereNC 
218 W. Water StreetNC 
213 BelvedereNC 
Garden Lane (adjacent to Belvedere)NC 
113 Glendale AvenueNC 
109 Glendale AvenueNC 
308 S. Liberty StreetNC 
101 Chesterfield AvenueNC 
207 W. Water Street, 101 BelvedereNC 
404 Chesterfield AvenueNC 
431 Chesterfield AvenueNC 
427 Chesterfield AvenueNC 
99 Glendale AvenueNC 
Chesterfield Avenue at Creamery Row NCCorsica Lighthouse Pub
302 Creamery LaneNC 
102 Watson RoadNC 
620 Chesterfield AvenueNC 
S. Commerce StreetNC 
124 N. Commerce StreetNC 
102,108,114,120 Wharf LaneNC 
434, 502 Chesterfield AvenueC/NC 
Chesterfield Avenue QA-333 -- Chesterfield, site
219-219 N. Liberty Street QA-413 -- J.O. Raisin Double House #3, site
221-223 N. Liberty Street QA-414 -- J.O. Raisin Double House #4, site
Ridgeview Avenue QA-346 -- Old Colored School, site
Chesterfield Avenue Extended  QA-261 -- Palmer Andrew House, site
203 Broadway QA-474 -- Price-Clough-Leonard House, site
N. Liberty Street QA-401 -- Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church


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