“Parcel C”: The third and final phase of Steward Manor Apartments

This July 28, 1960 land survey by Ben Dyer Associates illustrates the layout of Parcel C—the third and final construction phase of Steward Manor Apartments.

The most ambitious of the three phases, Parcel C essentially included three entirely new streets: Sharon Court west of Parkside Drive, Bryan Court, and last but not least, the full stretch of Morris Drive. That’s three buildings on Sharon, four on Bryan, and a whopping eleven on Morris. Parcel A had included eight buildings, and Parcel B had seven, respectively.

We know from this brief piece in the Washington Post that the first finished units of Parcel C opened for business on November 1, 1960, making Steward Manor Apartments nearly complete.

And thanks to historian Jim Smart, who first pointed out that the Post inadvertently used a photo from the earlier Parcel A. Notice the rows of three bedroom windows? That’s a distinctive feature that only two buildings in the entire community have: 106 Sharon and 100 Woodland. Like many people for the decades to come, (including residents ourselves) the author likely assumed that all 33 buildings that made up Steward Manor were identical. As we’re finding out, nothing could be further from the truth. 😉


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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One Response to “Parcel C”: The third and final phase of Steward Manor Apartments

  1. captyid says:

    The first finished building would be #3 on the drawing, and the adjacent pool. The other buildings were not there when we left in April of 1962.

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