Riverdale Park in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
ERCO and Calvert Homes
Town of Riverdale Park
The factory employed several hundred workers, many of whom lived in Calvert Homes, a project of the National Capital Housing Authority built on this property in 1942 to accommodate war-industry workers and their families. The project used modern designs and materials, and new construction methods that met wartime housing demands while using scarce resources economically. The MacAlpine house served as the administrative building for the development. At war's end, Calvert Homes continued to house some ERCO employees as well as many ex-servicemen attending the nearby University of Maryland under provisions of the GI Bill. Never intended for long-term use, the project's houses and infrastructure deteriorated and the entire neighborhood was demolished in the 1950s.
Location. 38° 58.174′ N, 76° 56.256′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4439 Van Buren Street, Hyattsville MD 20782, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. MacAlpine Farm (here, next to this marker); MacAlpine Icehouse (here, next to this marker); Riversdale Plantation (a few steps from this marker); Trolley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Calvert Hills: A National Register Historic District (approx. ¼ mile away); Calvert Family Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eternal Tribute (approx. half a mile away); This Clock (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverdale Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 82 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 29, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.