Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lexington Park

County's First Planned Community

 
 
Lexington Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 12, 2021
1. Lexington Park Marker
Inscription.  
The U.S. Navy developed Lexington Park to house white civilian workers who streamed into the area following the establishment of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Named for the storied aircraft carrier, USS Lexington, this was the first planned community in St. Mary's County. The simple duplex homes were made of concrete and brick with slanted roofs, and were given the nickname "Flattops."

The northern part of the development, completed in 1943, was designed by the nationally recognized firm Khan and Jacobs and was completed in 1943. Washington, D.C. architect Louis Justement designed the houses in the southern portion, which were completed in 1944, along with the small commercial and community center.

That same year, about a half mile away and modeled after the Flattops in Lexington Park, the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) oversaw construction of Carver Heights, 125 homes and 71 dormitory spots for African American civilian and military only. The FHA refused to admit whites.
 
Erected by Commissioners of St. Mary's County; St. Mary's County Museum Division;
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
Friends of the St. Clement's Island and Piney Point Museums; Destination Southern Maryland; Maryland Heritage Area Authority (MHAA).
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitectureForts and CastlesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1943.
 
Location. 38° 15.685′ N, 76° 26.902′ W. Marker is in Lexington Park, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Rennell Avenue West just west of South Coral Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21675 S Coral Dr, Lexington Park MD 20653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Navy Base Arrives (here, next to this marker); St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy History (here, next to this marker); Architectural Significance of the First Lexington Park Community (here, next to this marker); The Great Depression and New Opportunities (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Worlds / One County (within shouting distance of this marker); A "War to end all Wars" (within shouting distance of this marker); Defining Freedom and Building Community (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Colored Troops (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington Park.
 
Lexington Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 12, 2021
2. Lexington Park Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 646 times since then and 223 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=181773

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
This website earns income from purchases you make after using our links to Amazon.com. We appreciate your support.
Paid Advertisement
May. 18, 2024