Stoneleigh Community Achieves National Historic District Status

The National Register of Historic Places has designated the Stoneleigh neighborhood as a Historic District. The Maryland Historical Trust notified Historic Towson, Inc. (HTI) on Nov. 19 that their nomination of Stoneleigh for historic status had been accepted. The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation and the highest form of recognition in historic preservation.

Stoneleigh, a planned community just north of the Baltimore City line in Baltimore County, was originally developed in the second quarter of the 20th century. This streetcar suburb was served in the early 1920s by the United Railways and Electric Company, which connected Stoneleigh to City Hall in Baltimore via York Road. By 1929, 59 percent of Stoneleigh residents had cars, and by 1954 its status as a commuting suburb of Baltimore was well established.

Mary Agre, wife of Nobel Laureate Peter Agre and longtime resident, sums up life in Stoneleigh as “a Norman Rockwell kind of neighborhood.” Although the streetcar disappeared long ago, the community’s appearance has not changed significantly since its inception.

Historic Towson, Inc., sponsor of the nomination, is a community non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Towson's past. It works to foster a greater awareness of the need for, and benefits of, historic preservation.

Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Park Service, a part of the U. S. Department of the Interior, administers the National Register.

For more information, visit historictowson.org and go to the Stoneleigh nomination link.

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This story was published on December 2, 2003.