The plan of 612-14 South Wolfe Street is one-room deep with an attic floor having a dormer. Originally two identical houses were attached to the north of 612, forming a row of four living units in one building (a quadplex). The construction method was light timber frame with bricks filling the spaces between the framing (known as nogging).
Exterior bricks covered with a plaster rendering were coated with limewash. Wood siding was added at a later date.
These remaining houses as examples of timber-frame brick nogging construction are rarities in the Mid-Atlantic region and believed to be sole survivors of their kind in Baltimore. Now owned by the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fell's Point, the houses - through their rehabilitation - present a unique educational opportunity to expand the knowledge of the multi-layered history of Fell's Point.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick Douglass (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Stanislaus Kostka Church (about 500 feet away); 732 South Ann Street (about 700 feet away); The Robert Long House (approx. 0.2 miles away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Baltimore must be tamed…” (approx. 0.2 miles away); In This Building From 1992 - 1999 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fells Point (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Regarding Caulkers' Houses. Frederick Douglass worked as a caulker and may have lived in a very similar building.
Caulkers sealed the seams between ship planking with tar soaked rope to make the ship watertight.
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