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Fairmount Heights in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

William Sidney Pittman and Portia Washington Pittman House Site

505 Eastern Avenue

 

—Historic Site 1907-2013 —

 
William Sidney Pittman and Portia Washington Pittman House Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2018
1. William Sidney Pittman and Portia Washington Pittman House Site Marker
Inscription. The Pittman House was designed and built as a family home by architect William Sidney Pittman in 1907, the year in which he married Portia, daughter of the his former mentor Booker T. Washington. Pittman (1875-1958) attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and received a degree in Architectural and Mechanical Drawing from Drexel Institute in Philadelphia in 1900. He returned to Tuskegee to teach until 1905, at which time he opened his own architectural office in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. After their marriage in 1907, the Pittmans moved into the house that he had designed in the developing suburb of Fairmont Heights. (The house was known as “Little White Tops” possibly the name was derived from roof decorations that have long since disappeared.) Actively involved in the progress of the new community, William Sidney Pittman established the Fairmount Mutual Improvement Company. His wife, a professional musician gave frequent recitals at their new home. The Pittman House was significant because it was designed and occupied by one of the area’s first and most prominent black architects. Damaged by fire, it was demolished in 2013.
 
Location. 38° 53.767′ N, 76° 54.803′ W. Marker is in Fairmount Heights, Maryland, in Prince George's County
William Sidney Pittman and Portia Washington Pittman House Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2018
2. William Sidney Pittman and Portia Washington Pittman House Site Marker
. Marker is on Eastern Avenue Northeast, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 Eastern Ave Northeast, Capitol Heights MD 20743, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 72-09-36 Doswell Brooks House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 72-09-35 Cornelius Fonville House (about 600 feet away); 72-09-33 Henry Pinckney House (about 700 feet away); 72-09-32 John S. Johnson House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 72-09-38 Charity Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); 72-09-41 Bungalow Row (approx. 0.2 miles away); 72-09-42 Municipal Center Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); 72-09-29 Fairmount Heights Elementary School (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmount Heights.
 
Also see . . .
1. Portia Marshall Washington Pittman. Peggy Hardman, Texas State Historical Association. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. William Sidney Pittman House (Upshur House). Fairmount Heights Community Survey Addendum PG: 72-18, Stacy Patterson, The Otterly Group, March 10 2009. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansArchitecture
 
William Sidney Pittman and Portia Washington Pittman House Site image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 5, 2018
3. William Sidney Pittman and Portia Washington Pittman House Site
William Sidney Pittman image. Click for full size.
By The Crisis, W.E.B. Dubois Ed., September 1916
4. William Sidney Pittman
W. Sidney Pittman House image. Click for full size.
By The Otterly Group, Inc., June 3, 2006
5. W. Sidney Pittman House
This photo of the Pittman House appeared in the Fairmount Heights Community Survey Addendum PG: 72-18.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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