Category Archives: Artifacts

Articles, classified ads, rental literature, and other pieces of Steward Manor history.

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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“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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“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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“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 … Continue reading

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Steward Manor | Original Plat Surveys, 1959/60s

Steward Manor | Original Plat Surveys, 1959/60s, a set on Flickr. These are photos I shot last week of the original plat survey drawings by Ben Dyer Associates, Inc. (many signed by Mr. Dyer himself) of Steward Manor Apartments. These … Continue reading

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Another Friend… From Way Back

Thanks to the Maryland State Archives, I’ve begun to uncover a series of deeds and other land records pertaining to Steward Manor. I’m still in the early stages of deciphering and organizing them, (I’m not fluent in real estate jargon, … Continue reading

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Postmark: 1960

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of an extensive walk-through of Steward Manor with fellow historian and former resident Jim Smart. Just one of many little details we discovered is this clear date stamp near the front leg of the old … Continue reading

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My Mom’s Camera/Time Machine

Here’s a photo of my mom standing in the playground beside 8 Morris Drive—the same playground that contained the big slide shown in the previous post. To the left is part of what was also the biggest see-saw in the … Continue reading

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The Case of the Disappearing Kitchen (Door)

Thanks to my friend and fellow Steward Manor historian Jim Smart for tracking down this vintage ad, and pointing out that the apartment complex actually used this Holcomb & Hoke FolDoor unit in its infancy. As a child, I lived … Continue reading

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Keys to the Past

When my parents and I moved out of Steward Manor in the summer of 1987, I assume we turned in two sets of keys: my mom’s and my dad’s. I, on the other hand, didn’t relinquish mine. It wasn’t that … Continue reading

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