Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Barclay




Barclay is located in the eastern part of Baltimore City. It is bordered on the west by Barclay St and on the east by Greenmount Ave. It is a small neighborhood consisting mostly of 22nd St as far as I can tell. There wasn't a much information to be found, unfortunately.




22nd Street is primarily a historic district. The homes here are three story, swell front rowhomes. They were built in the late 19th century. They feature three full stories and full basements. Every third house has a decorative, Victorian style, third floor porch.




St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church was built of Jones Falls blue
stone in 1874. It was built in the Gothic Revival style and designed
by two nationally renowned architects, Francis Baldwin and Bruce Price. Baldwin designed 150 buildings for the B&O Railroad and Price designed many of the Stick & Shingle style houses in Tuxedo Park, New York.




The neighborhood is blighted by boarded up houses and others falling into disrepair. It is easy to see how grand these homes once were and what they still could be if they were properly rehabilitated.

3 comments:

Joe said...

Is there any hope that they'll step in to restore the area in much the same way they did the Harbor?

charmcitygirl said...

Baltimore is just full of opportunities like this. The architecture is amazing. The prices are dirt cheap. I was trying to listen to a local public radio show about this the other day, but sometimes while at work I have work to do and I couldn't really follow the whole show. There are efforts underway though. The re-development started nearer the harbor and the effort gradually moves outward from there. There have been successful individual efforts. There was a young guy, Adam Meister,who organzied a group to buy a whole block together. In doing this they felt a little safer.

NJG said...

Thank you. I'm learning so much about my adopted home town from your blog. I'll be more savvy than most of the natives in no time, thanks to you. Keep up the good work. P.S. Nice photos!