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Architectural History

Baltimore County is rich in architectural examples, although it lost most of its water-side dwellings where the earliest settlers planted the first farmsteads and plantations. Numerous properties including houses, schools, chapels, barns, and bridges are illustrated.

The earliest types of shelter in the colonial county continues through periods of prosperity when large and elegant houses were built and architects became prominent. The information organized by the recognized architectural styles such as Georgian, Federal, Italianate, and the like, down to post-modern. Many local citizens have contributed information and illustrations.

The following topic selections are in PDF format.

Table of Contents / Introduction 

Topics 1-2 - Indian Architecture / Settlement Period

Topic 3 - Log Houses

Topic 4 - Georgian Era and its Architecture

Topic 5 - Plain Houses of the Colonial Era

Topic 6 - Federal Era and Style (Adamesque)

Topics 7-8 - German-Influenced Houses / Grist Mills

Topic 9 - Greek Revival

Topic 10 - Italianate Villas

Topic 11 - Gothic Revival

Topics 12-17 

  • Downing-Vaux Cottages
  • Second Empire
  • High Victorian Gothic
  • Stick Style
  • Shingle Style
  • Queen Anne

Topics 18-22

  • Richardsonian-Romanesque Revival
  • Colonial Revival
  • Georgian Revival Style
  • Renaissance Revival, Beaux Arts Styles, Jacobean
  • African-American Churches and Schools

Topics 23-24 - Eastlake Style/Whimsical Castles 

Topics 25-26 - Early 20th Century Styles / Art Deco-Modernistic

Topics 27-28 - Thirties Modern/International Style 

Topics 29-30 - Post-International Styles / Agricultural Buildings 

Topics 31-32, Additional Information

  • Infrastructure: Bridges
  • Infrastructure: Fortifications
  • Bibliography
  • Baltimore County Architects
  • Glossary
  • Picture Credits

Revised January 29, 2013

Revised April 6, 2016         


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