“Parcel A”: The First Phase of Steward Manor Apartments

Above is one of the first surveys by Ben Dyer Associates showing construction of Steward Manor Apartments. The area oft-mentioned in deeds and other land records as “Parcel A” is very clearly represented here, in this drawing dated 4/11/58 (and revised 3/17/59). Four “existing buildings” are shown: the blocks of Woodland and Sharon Courts east of Parkside Dr. (Building numbers 100 through 106 of each street, respectively).

We can also see the major streets on the periphery of the neighborhood. To the north, New Fort Meade Road (Route. 198) and Irving Street (the original “Steward Manor” neighborhood); to the west, Lafayette Avenue; just south, Bowie Road (then Route 197); and to the east is the “Proposed Highway” which would eventually become the extended Route 197 we know today, which separates Steward Manor from Steward Tower.

Try to imagine Steward Manor as just eight buildings… For a brief period, that’s all it was. These were the first to be built. A more detailed survey drawn on 10/12/59 (below) reveals the precision throughout these first blocks of Woodland and Sharon Courts, right down to the chain link fences, play areas delineated by railroad ties, and the Baltimore Gas & Electric poles—the numbers of which are still there today.

These drawings also indicate where Parcel B and Parcel C will eventually be built, completing the neighborhood. We’ll look at those next.

(Click on the images for larger versions).

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About Richard Friend

I'm a graphic designer and creator of "Lost Laurel"—a collection of photos and print ephemera chronicling the countless stores, restaurants, and other long-lost merchants of Laurel, Maryland. I'm interesting in hearing from any former/current residents, especially those with vintage photos, literature, and recollections of the community. richardfrienddesign.com lostlaurel.com facebook.com/lostlaurel
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