East Towson Homes

[The Baltimore County Landmarks List BA-1035]

The Williams house at 408 Virginia Avenue is located on property once owned by Benjamin Payne, a prominent citizen of Towson. Payne owned a great deal of land in the north area of Towson and made his fortune in the hotel business as the owner of the Towson Hotel. He was also a Judge of the Orphans Court in Baltimore County. Upon his death, his extensive holdings were surveyed and divided into different lots that would eventually be sold or leased. An African American named Benjamin Hicks purchased a piece of property from William Payne (Benjamin’s son) in 1876, and subsequently built a structure on a part of the property. He later sold off other parcels of the land, including the property that is now 408 Virginia Avenue. East Towson as a whole is representative of an important phase of architectural development in Baltimore County, illustrating the dilution of popular architectural styles to more efficiently meet the needs of the neighborhood and the builders’ untrained abilities to execute the fashionable ornamentation. Thus, East Towson provided lower-cost housing in a more suburban neighborhood, rather than the urban setting their economic status typically perpetuated. This property is also one of the few remaining East Towson structures on Virginia Avenue. The entire property containing the house .10 acres total was delineated as its historic environmental setting.

[The Baltimore County Landmarks List BA-1032]

The Queen Anne-style Jones house, constructed circa 1890, is located at 406 Virginia Avenue in East Towson. It is located on property once owned by Benjamin Payne and later sold to Benjamin Hicks.. This property is also one of the few remaining East Towson structures on Virginia Avenue. The entire property containing the house, .10 acres total, has been delineated as the historic environmental setting.

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