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Property Name Coldstream Homestead Montebello Historic District
Reference Number 13000848
State Maryland
County Baltimore
Town Baltimore
Street Address Roughly bounded by Tbe Alameda, Kennedy Avenue, and Kirk Avenue (west); Harford Road (south/east); East 32nd and East 33rd Streets (north)
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 10/23/2013
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The Coldstream Homestead Montebello Historic District is a cohesive residential neighborhood composed of fashionable brick row houses dating from the first half of the twentieth century. Capitalizing on the electrification of the streetcar following the annexation of the area from Baltimore County, numerous developers, among them Frank Novak and Dr. Theodore Cooke, platted the area and oversaw construction of continuous rows of two-story single-family dwellings that epitomized suburban middle-class living with stylistic embellishments and materials, modern amenities, open front porches, and green lawns. The neighborhood illustrates the transition in row house design in Baltimore City from long and narrow structures of the Artistic period dressed in the Italianate style, to short and wide buildings of the Classical and Colonial Revival styles from the Daylight period. The realty companies exploited the neighborhood's proximity to Clifton Park, Lake Montebello, and Baltimore City College, promoting the area's rural characteristics and open spaces; all of which remain beneficial to the residents. Wide boulevards with landscaped medians, tree-lined streets, alleys with garages, stone-veneered churches reflecting the Late Gothic Revival style, and corner stores anchored within the uniform rows of houses add to the community's strong sense of place. The Coldstream Homestead Montebello Historic District meets Criterion A because of its role in the suburbanization of Northeast Baltimore and its association with middle-class Baltimoreans seeking the suburban ideal. The historic district also meets Criterion C as a cohesive residential neighborhood that illustrates the characteristics of early-twentieth-century row house design in form, materials, and design. The Coldstream Homestead Montebello Historic District reflects a period of significance from 1908, when the first section was platted, to 193 7, when the last of the row houses were constructed.


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