Johns Hopkins Homewood in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Newlyweds Charles Carroll Jr. and Harriet Chew Carroll began construction of Homewood in 1801. The 130-acre property had been a wedding gift from Charles' father, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the wealthiest men in America.
Given a starting budget of about $10,000, Charles Carroll Jr. ultimately spent close to $40,000. Frustrated by the mounting costs of Charles' summer retreat, his father wrote: "What an improvident waste of money…it seems to me there is no end of these expenses."
Homewood inspired the architectural style of Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus. In 1971, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark because of its architectural and historical significance.
Homewood's architectural style influenced campus architecture. Today the house is a museum where visitors can tour the Federal period interiors and learn about the Carroll family and successive uses of the house.
1 Charles Carroll Jr. and his wife, Harriet Chew Carroll, had seven children between 1801 and 1809.
2 An image of Homewood house from the early 20th Century.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Education • Landmarks. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1801.
Location. 39° 19.759′ N, 76° 37.15′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in Johns Hopkins Homewood. Marker is on East Gate west of North Charles Street (Maryland Route 139), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3400 N Charles St, Baltimore MD 21210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Keyser Quadrangle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sheridan Libraries (within shouting distance of this marker); Farmhouse & Slave Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Orchard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Homewood (about 300 feet away); World War I Memorial (about 300 feet away); Beach (about 400 feet away); Carriage House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 3, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 3, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.