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Roland Park in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Roland Park

National Register of Historic Places

 
 
Roland Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
1. Roland Park Marker
Inscription.  One of nation’s oldest planned garden suburbs. Named for Roland Thornberry, a Baltimore County landowner. English investors backed 100-acre development proposed by William Edmunds and Edward H. Boulton, and the Roland Park Company was incorporated July 30, 1891. Landscape architect George E. Kessler laid out first plat east of Roland Avenue in 1897. Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., took up planning of steeper terrain on the west side. This tudor-sytle commercial sturcture pioneered the “shopping center” concept in America.
 
Erected by Roland Park Garden Club, Roland Park Civic League and Maryland Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 21.016′ N, 76° 38.123′ W. Marker is in Roland Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of Roland Park Avenue and Upland Road, on the left when traveling north on Roland Park Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the
First Shopping Center image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
2. First Shopping Center
crow flies. Keswick (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ruscombe (approx. 1.2 miles away); Woodberry Factory and Park Mill (approx. 1.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); A Firefighters’ Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Historic Woodberry (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Poole & Hunt Foundry and Machine Works (approx. 1.4 miles away); Meadow Mill (approx. 1.4 miles away); World Wars I and II Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Roll of Honor (approx. 1˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Evolution of the Shopping Center. 2006 illustrated essay by Steven E. Schoenherr. “1891 Edward Bouton built Roland Park near Baltimore that included a ‘store block’ arranged in a linear pattern along a street to serve the commercial needs of a planned residential community.” Includes photo of Baltimore streetcar on the Roland Park line. (Submitted on September 19, 2007.) 
 
Example of a typical Roland Park home image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
3. Example of a typical Roland Park home
Another Roland Park home. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
4. Another Roland Park home.
Roland Park Presbyterian Church across from the marker. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
5. Roland Park Presbyterian Church across from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,215 times since then and 116 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week October 7, 2007. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 16, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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