Author Archives: Richard Friend

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.

I finally had the chance to tour my childhood apartment at Steward Manor this weekend—the first time I’ve stepped foot inside since my parents and I moved in the summer of 1987. It’s amazing how every inch of space still … Continue reading

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2016 Reunion

Join Steward Manor friends old and new for another fun potluck lunch in the picnic area near the swimming pool (we may also be at the larger adjacent picnic area just across the street) starting at noon on Saturday, September … Continue reading

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Steward Manor Power

From what I’ve heard, Steward Manor residents (along with millions of others in the DMV area) suffered a lengthy power outage as a result of severe storms this past Friday. Fortunately, power was restored late Sunday. And not a moment … Continue reading

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December at Steward Manor

December was always one of my favorite times of year, growing up at Steward Manor in the 1980s. Football season was at its peak; and most of my friends were diehard Redskins or Cowboys fans during those halcyon days of … Continue reading

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Halloween at Steward Manor

Is everyone ready for Halloween? Steward Manor was a fantastic place to go trick-or-treating in the 1980s, as I (and my dentist) can attest. This 1993 photo from the Rental Office’s collection shows some costumed staff members getting a head … Continue reading

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Steward Manor vs. Fire

I received this great overhead shot of Laurel Rescue 49 leaving its station and turning onto Lafayette Avenue in September, 1974 from retired Captain John Floyd II. In the background is the familiar footpath behind Morris Drive, with an old … Continue reading

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People + Locations ÷ Time: revisiting (and recreating) your vintage Steward Manor photos

Many former residents have posted some phenomenal old photos on our Facebook page, some of which are also archived here in the Photos section. Most depict kids who were several years older than I was at the time, (we’re talking … Continue reading

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“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: … Continue reading

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The Pool

On a beautiful, late summer day like today, who wouldn’t want to take a dip in the Steward Manor swimming pool? These various photos from the rental office collection are undated, but most appear to be from the mid 1990s … Continue reading

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“Parcel B”: The Second Phase of Steward Manor Apartments

This survey, originally dated 12/4/59 and signed by Ben Dyer, shows “Parcel B”—the second of three phases of construction that produced Steward Manor Apartments. Parcel B is comprised of the block of Woodland Ct. west of Parkside Dr. (building numbers … Continue reading

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