PRESERVATION HOWARD COUNTY

The 2010 Top Ten Endangered Sites

Belmont

 

A National Register Historic property built in 1735, Belmont was purchased in 2004 by Howard Community College. The college has abandoned plans for the property and has been unsuccessful in its attempts to secure a new buyer. The future of one of the most significant historic properties in the Maryland remains uncertain.

Clover Hill

 

This late 1700's home in Rockburn Park has been stabilized, but the search for a public or private curator to establish an adaptive use of the building continues to be unsuccessful

Daisy Schoolhouse

 

The schoolhouse was one of the last one-room schoolhouses in the County, closing in 1946. Originally located on Union Chapel Road, this 1885 schoolhouse was disassembled (see photo below) by architect Bruno Reich in 2009 to protect it from demolition. It awaits a new site and a new life.

Doughoregan Manor

 

The home of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, is a national treasure and is still threatened by development. A creative deal between the owners and the County that would ensure the survival of the historic core and preserve significant agricultural land has been delayed by an appeal, leaving the future of this site undetermined.

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The Ellicott City Historic District

 

Listed by Preservation Maryland as one of the Top Eleven endangered sites in Maryland; the historic district is facing developmental pressures. The historic integrity of the town, which thrives on tourism dollars and an old town Main Street feel, is threatened by insensitive development. The creation of a county Historic Preservation Plan and revision to existing regulations are necessary to ensure the survival of this unique resource.

Ellicott City Jail

 

This building in the heart of the city’s designated downtown historic district has great potential to be adapted for a public building or private business, but is now crumbling from years of neglect and sporadic use. No progress has been made on identifying an adaptive use for this unique structure.

Forest Diner

 

New to the list in 2009, this beloved landmark in Ellicott City on Route 40 is in the path of development and will be razed unless relocated. Traditionally, diners were structures built offsite and located along major byways to serve factory shift workers or travelers with counter service. The diner is wrapped in superfluous exterior structure, that once removed, will allow the historic core of the diner to shine. Citizens wishing to dine one last time at the diner should make plans now.

Highland Crossroads

 

This community at Routes 108 and 216 was established in 1759 but commercial re-zoning and in-fill construction of new homes threaten its integrity. Highland residents have fought tirelessly against new zoning and development threats, but the loss of this historic crossroads is imminent.

National Road

 

Unregulated development, such as the new projects proposed at the site of the old Enchanted Forest motel and diner, risks the historic integrity of this designated National Road Scenic Byway, which was built in the early 1800's as the first federally planned and funded highway in the country. Today, this historic road, which started in Cumberland, Maryland, and connected the port of Baltimore with the Northwest Territories, is known in Howard County as Route 144. "Howard County needs to enact design guidelines that protect the historic context of this scenic byway." said Dorsey.

Rouse Company Headquarters Building

 

The redevelopment of the Columbia Town Center leaves a questionable fate for the Rouse Company building and the Exhibit Center — both important early works of world-renowned architect, Frank Gehry.

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