Five County Communities Recommended by County Historic Preservation Commission
WI Staff Report | 8/10/2011, 7:50 a.m.
Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, has approved the nomination of portions of five communities to the National Register of Historic Places: University Park Boundary Expansion, College Heights Estates, Old Town College Park, Upper Marlboro Residential Area, and Early Family Historic District (Brandywine). Baker concurred with the recommendation of the County's Historic Preservation Commission that the five historic districts are eligible for nomination to the Register. The National Register is the nation's official list of buildings, sites, districts, and objects considered to be of historic and/or architectural significance by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
"Founded in 1696, Prince George's County is deeply rooted in our country's history and culture," said Baker. "It is my honor to recommend approval of these National Register of Historic Places nominees to the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior. I want to thank the Prince George's County Historic Preservation Commission for their hard work on this process and fulfilling their mission to protect and promote our County's history and culture."
The nominations must still be reviewed by the Governor's Consulting Committee and the State Historic Preservation Officer, and then forwarded to the National Register Office in Washington for final review. The nominations were prepared by consultants to M-NCPPC/Prince George's County Planning Department at the request of affected municipalities or property owners. Formal listing in the National Register is expected by early 2012.
University Park Boundary Expansion
The Town of University Park Boundary Expansion adds 376 contributing mid-20th century buildings to a historic district originally listed in the National Register in 1996 for its significance as an early 20th century automobile suburb. The recent project was requested by the Town of University Park as part of celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Town's incorporation.
College Heights Estates Historic District
The College Heights Estates Historic District was requested by the College Heights Estates Association (CHEA) in order to recognize the mid-20th century automobile suburb partially located within the Town of University Park and in an adjacent area of unincorporated Hyattsville. The district includes 170 contributing, single-family dwellings of both traditional American and European architectural styles as well as houses that reflect the evolution of American domestic architecture after World War II.
Old Town College Park Historic District
The Old Town College Park Historic District includes 213 contributing properties that reflect the development of a late 19th century railroad and streetcar community in proximity to the University of Maryland campus. The historic district includes single-family dwellings, apartments, institutional buildings and fraternities and sororities constructed from 1889-1965. The area of the National Register district was designated as a Prince George's County historic district in 2008.
Upper Marlboro Residential Area Historic District
The Upper Marlboro Residential Area Historic District includes 79 contributing properties that reflect the evolution of domestic construction in the County seat from 1721-1960. The district includes several important late 18th and mid 19th century dwellings, a historic Episcopal church from the first half of the 19th century, a historic African-American Methodist Church associated with a congregation established just after the Civil War, several cemeteries and burial grounds, and a number of early-and mid-20th -century, single-family dwellings.
Early Family Historic District
The Early Family Historic District in Brandywine includes four late-19th and early-20th century single-family dwellings and a large commercial building (c. 1872) associated with several generations of the Early family, whose members were instrumental in settling and developing this crossroads village after the Civil War.
For more information, contact the Prince George's County Historic Preservation Commission office at 301-952-3520.