Town Center, Columbia, Maryland

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Town Center
Village
Columbia Town Center
Columbia Lake Front.jpg
Country United States
State Maryland
City Columbia
Established 1974[1]

Town Center is one of the ten villages in Columbia, Maryland, United States, first occupied in 1974.[2] It is a non-contiguous, diverse area, and the most urban-like, ranging from multi-level high density apartments homes and office buildings, to single family homes.[3]

The six residential neighborhoods in the village include Amesbury Hill, Banneker, Creighton’s Run, Lakefront, Vantage Point, and Warfield Triangle.[3]

Names and history[edit]

The town center is constructed on the grounds of Oakland Manor, a former slave plantation. Construction started in 1966, with sidewalks linking major amenities added in 1984.[4]

Columbia Exhibit Center is the facility built to market the project to visitors. The building was designed by the firm of Gehry, Walsh and O'Malley. The site hosted 215,000 in it's first year.[5]

Vantage Point is in the tract patented by John Dorsey as Dorsey's Adventure in 1688. The name comes from a poem by Robert Frost, and the street names are from Frost and William Cullen Bryant.[3] It contains a house, Historic Oakland, built in 1811 by Charles Sterrett Ridgely. The Town Center village offices are in Historic Oakland. Oliver's Carriage House, a stable built by Robert Oliver, is on the grounds and is currently home to Kittamaqundi Community, a non-denominational religious congregation.[3]

Amesbury Hill was originally set aside as an estate area for Rouse Company executives and was part of the Mercer Tract. Mercer Tract was owned by the parents of Lucy Mercer, the personal secretary to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.[3] Creighton's Run, developed in 1979, was named for the boss of the construction company.[3]

Banneker was first occupied in 1992, named for Banneker Road. The road was named for Benjamin Banneker.[3][6]

In 1998 the first apartments were occupied in Warfield Triangle, named for Governor Warfield Parkway, in turn named for Governor Edwin Warfield.[3][6]

Vantage House is a Life Care Retirement Community and opened in October 1990.[3]

Services and entertainment[edit]

The lakefront of 27-acre (110,000 m2) Lake Kittamaqundi with the Columbia Association's office and the iconic People Tree sculpture, is the heart of the village, and the whole town. The lake's name is a Piscataway Indian word described by the Columbia Association as "meeting place", or "Place of the Old Great Beaver" by native American research.[7][8] In the summer, the Columbia Association offers live entertainment and/or movies daily at the Kittamaqundi lakefront.[9][10]

The Mall in Columbia, a large shopping and entertainment mall, is located within Town Center.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.owenbrownvillage.org/about.html
  2. ^ "Map", columbiavillages.org, accessed May 30, 2009
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Town Center", towncenter.columbiavillages.org, accessed May 30, 2009
  4. ^ Keith F Girard (October 20, 1984). "Columbia Developer Offers $100,000 for Sidewalks: 3,000 Feet of Paths Would Link Buildings". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ Joseph Rocco Mitchell, David L. Stebenne. New City Upon a Hill. p. 81. 
  6. ^ a b "How Streets were Named and other Interesting Facts", columbiamaryland.com, accessed May 30, 2009
  7. ^ "Lake Kittamaqundi", columbiamaryland.com, accessed May 30, 2009
  8. ^ Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, Volume II. p. 708. 
  9. ^ Cooper, Rachel."Columbia's Lakefront Summer Festival Movies", dc.about.com, accessed May 30, 2009
  10. ^ "Columbia Lakefront Festival", lakefrontfestival.com, accessed May 30, 2009
  11. ^ "The Mall", themallincolumbia.com, accessed May 30, 2009

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Coordinates: 39°13′0″N 76°51′18″W / 39.21667°N 76.85500°W / 39.21667; -76.85500