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Park Circle Historic District
Inventory No.: B-5132
Date Listed: 12/4/2008
Location: Roughly bounded by Overview, Shirley and Cottage Avenues and Henry G. Parks, Jr. Circle, Baltimore, Baltimore City
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: 1900-1945
Resources: 85 (82 contributing, 3 non-contributing)
Description: Park Circle is a neighborhood primarily made up of early-20th century brick porch-front duplexes and rowhouses directly northwest of Druid Hill Park. The neighborhood is located at the convergence of two major arteries, Reisterstown Road and Park Heights Avenue. The district is hemmed in by railroad tracks and light industry on the west and the land slopes steeply to the east. Predominantly residential in character, the district includes a few historic religious and institutional buildings, as well as a few storefronts. Most of the houses front on small garden plots or terraced walkways, but a few are built directly on the sidewalk. The residential buildings are often characterized by front porches, projecting bays at the second level, and distinctive roof lines featuring cornices, mansard roofs, or gables. There is an unusual grouping of Pueblo Revival duplexes within the district and a single extant American Foursquare type individual frame house. Most of the houses are two stories in height. Although some sections of the neighborhood are in good condition, there are many vacant, dilapidated buildings and scattered vacant lots where buildings have been razed. Despite the condition of many buildings and intrusive vacant lots, the historic character of the area has been maintained due to the retention of significant streetscapes and the preponderance of surviving religious and institutional buildings, including the 1910 Louis May Alcott School #54, Enoch Pratt Branch Library #16, the Sharrei Zion Synagogue, and the Talmudical Academy School. Significance: The Park Circle Historic District is architecturally significant as a representative example of an early-20th century Baltimore neighborhood located just outside the densely built-up urban core. Primarily composed of brick porch-front duplexes and row housing, the district maintains a homogenous residential character with nearly all the houses built within a 30-year time period. The district is also historically significant as an early suburban Jewish neighborhood developed when the sons and daughters of Eastern European immigrants moved from East Baltimore to the city’s northwest outskirts, setting the pattern for further expansion of Baltimore’s Jewish community to the northwest. Although many blocks in the neighborhood are severely deteriorated and demolition has resulted in many vacant lots and newer parks, the historic integrity of the district has been maintained due to the survival of a majority of streetscapes and significant buildings. The preservation and adaptive reuse of the Louisa May Alcott School #59 for senior apartments has set the standard for quality preservation in this community. A recently completed master plan for the Park Heights area calls for the rehabilitation of housing in the Park Circle neighborhood.

District Resources (85) (82 contributing, 3 non-contributing)

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

AddressStatusResource Name and MIHP (if any)
3445-3467 (odd) Cottage AvenueC 
3500-3532 (even) Cottage AvenueC 
3600-3634 (even) Cottage AvenueC 
3601-3659 (odd) Cottage AvenueC 
3700-3736 (even) Cottage AvenueC 
3701 Cottage AvenueC 
3800-3838 (even) Cottage AvenueC 
3301-3307 (odd) Henry G. Parks, Jr. CircleC 
2704 Hilldale AvenueC 
2703 Hilldale AvenueC 
2800-2816 (even) Hilldale AvenueC 
2805-2827 (odd) Hilldale AvenueC 
2900-2914 (even) Hilldale AvenueC 
2610 Keyworth AvenueC 
2702 Keyworth AvenueC 
2804-2814 (even) Keyworth AvenueC 
2805-2815 (odd) Keyworth AvenueC 
2800-2816 (even) Norfolk AvenueC 
2801-2813 (odd) Norfolk AvenueC 
2817 Norfolk AvenueC 
2900-2922 (even) Norfolk AvenueC 
2901-2927 (odd) Norfolk AvenueC 
3518-3536 (even) Overview RoadC 
3701-3459 (odd) Overview RoadC 
3400-3446 (even) Park Heights AvenueC 
3456-3464 (even) Park Heights AvenueC 
3504-3522 (even) Park Heights AvenueC 
3528-3530 (even) Park Heights AvenueC 
3600-3634 (even) Park Heights AvenueC 
3700-3738 (even) Park Heights AvenueC 
3802-3818 (even) Park Heights AvenueC 
3824-3838 (even) Park Heights AvenueC 
3912-3940 (even) Park Heights AvenueC 
3401-3443 (odd) Park Heights AvenueC 
3447-3453 (odd) Park Heights AvenueC 
3459 Park Heights AvenueCB-5132-1 -- Synagogue of Shaarei Zion Congregation (Good Shepherd Baptist Church)
3601-3631 (odd) Park Heights AvenueC 
3639-3659 (odd) Park Heights AvenueC 
3701-3739 (odd) Park Heights AvenueC 
3801-3807 (odd) Park Heights AvenueC 
3813-3835 (odd) Park Heights AvenueC 
3901-3917 (odd) Park Heights AvenueC 
3921-3927 (odd) Park Heights AvenueC 
3440-3456 (even) Reisterstown RoadC 
3500-3522 (even) Reisterstown RoadC 
3528-3532 (even) Reisterstown RoadC 
3600-3630 (even) Reisterstown RoadC 
3700-3734 (even) Reisterstown RoadC 
3802-3824 (even) Reisterstown RoadC 
3834-3842 (even) Reisterstown RoadC 
3900-3942 (even) Reisterstown RoadC 
3401-3451 (odd) Reisterstown RoadC 
3501-3541 (odd) Reisterstown RoadC 
3601-3643 (odd) Reisterstown RoadC 
3701-3755 (odd) Reisterstown RoadC 
3801-3819 (odd) Reisterstown RoadC 
3831-3841 (odd) Reisterstown RoadC 
2800-2816 (even) Rockrose AvenueC 
2902-2926 (even) Rockrose AvenueC 
2801-2815 (odd) Rockrose AvenueC 
2901-2927 (odd) Rockrose AvenueC 
2600-2606 (even) Springhill AvenueC 
2700-2706 (even) Springhill AvenueC 
2601-2615 (odd) Springhill AvenueC 
2707 Springhill AvenueC 
2800-2814 (even) Suffolk AvenueC 
3901-3911 (odd) Towanda AvenueC 
2600-2606 (even) Ulman AvenueC 
2800-2816 (even) Ulman AvenueC 
2900-2924 (even) Ulman AvenueC 
2601-2603 (odd) Ulman AvenueC 
2701-2705 (odd) Ulman AvenueC 
2801-2817 (odd) Ulman AvenueC 
2901-2923 (odd) Ulman AvenueC 
2600-2624 (even) Violet AvenueC 
2700-2702 (even) Violet AvenueC 
2800-2814 (even) Violet AvenueC 
2900-2926 (even) Violet AvenueC 
2617-2627 (odd) Violet AvenueC 
2701-2703 (odd) Violet AvenueC 
2801-2817 (odd) Violet AvenueC 
2901-2927 (odd) Violet AvenueC 
3445 Park Heights AvenueNC 
3455 Park Heights AvenueNC 
3457 Park Heights AvenueNC 


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