Charles L. Carson

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Charles L. Carson (b. Nov. 3, 1847 - d. Dec. 18, 1891), was an architect born in Baltimore, the oldest son of Daniel Carson, a builder, and one of the founders of the Baltimore chapter of AIA.[1] Carson had little formal training as an architect. Around 1870 he partnered with Thomas Dixon (architect) while taking drawing lesons at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Carson and Dixon worked from their offices at 117 Baltimore Street as Thomas Dixon and Charles L. Carson[2] until sometime before 1877 when the partnership was dissolved.[3] In 1888 he hired Joseph Evans Sperry who became his chief assistant, and later his partner and successor.[4]

On Dec. 6, 1870, he was married to Annie F. Cornelius, the daughter of Richard Cornelius. He lived at 1725 Madison Avenue in Baltimore at the time of his death, at age 44.[3] A number of Carson's buildings were completed by Carson and Sperry after Carson's death.

A number of his works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.[5]

Selected works[edit]

  • Wilmington Opera House (1871)[4]
  • Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (church only) (1872)[4]
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library, Canton Branch, Baltimore (1886)[4]
  • Eutaw Savings Bank, later the Baltimore Grand, corner of Fayette and Calvert Streets, Baltimore (1887)[4]
  • Marburg Brothers Tobacco Warehouse, S. Charles St., Baltimore (demolished about 1990)[4]
  • Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, Baltimore (1890)[4]
  • Central Savings Bank, 1 E. Lexington St., Baltimore (1890)[4]
  • Strouse Brothers Company Building (Marlboro Square), 410 W. Lombard St, Baltimore (1890)[4]
  • Baltimore Masonic Temple, 223-225 N. Charles St., Baltimore (1893)[4]
  • Equitable Building, 10 N. Calvert St., Baltimore (1894)
  • The Phoenix Club House, on Eutaw Place, Baltimore
  • The Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, now the Berea Temple, on Madison Avenue, Baltimore, MD.
  • The Masonic Temple at 223-225 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD.[4]
  • University of Tennessee Buildings, Knoxville, TN.
  • Winchester Hotel, Winchester, VA.
  • Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC.
  • Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, Wilmington, DE.
    Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Central Presbyterian Church, Eutaw Place, Baltimore
  • Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Square, Baltimore
  • Epworth Church, corner of Gilmore and Mosher streets, Baltimore

Carson was supervising architect for Stanford White's Lovely Lane Methodist Church (1884) and Goucher Hall (1888).[4]


  1. ^ American Institute of Architects and Engineers, The Sun (1837-1985); Nov 15, 1875; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985)
  2. ^ Changes In Business Firms, The Sun (1837-1985); Jan 3, 1871; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985) pg. 4
  3. ^ a b The Obituary Record: Charles L. Carson The Well Known Architect, The Sun (1837-1985); Dec 19, 1891; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985) pg. 8
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Dorsey, John; Dilts, James D. (1997). A Guide to the Architecture of Baltimore (3rd ed.). Centreville, Maryland: Tidewater Publishers. pp. 396–397. ISBN 0-87033-477-8. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.