Avondale, Maryland

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Unincorporated community
Avondale is located in Maryland
Avondale is located in the US
Location within the state of Maryland
Coordinates: 38°56′55″N 76°58′31″W / 38.94861°N 76.97528°W / 38.94861; -76.97528Coordinates: 38°56′55″N 76°58′31″W / 38.94861°N 76.97528°W / 38.94861; -76.97528
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Prince George's
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 597031

Avondale is an unincorporated community in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States.[1] For statistical purposes, it is part of the Chillum census-designated place (CDP).[2]


The settlement of Avondale began in the late 1930s as a small residential subdivision at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Queens Chapel Road.[3][4][5]

In the 1930s, development spread west from Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, and Brentwood, and subdivisions such as Queens Chapel Manor, Castle Manor, Avondale, and Green Meadows appeared. Developers of these subdivisions promoted the area’s convenient access into the city and its established utilities supply. Construction of the Avondale Grove subdivision began in 1939. By 1942, the community contained approximately 100 structures located along eight streets on a wedge-shaped tract. At the southern tip of the subdivision is Carson Circle, the community’s entryway forming a quarter-circle between the boundary streets of Queens Chapel Road and LaSalle Road. The interior roads of the subdivision parallel the arch form of Carson Circle and radiate northward. Along these streets are houses constructed in the 1940s and 1950s and includes subdivisions named Avondale Terrace and North Avondale. In the 1960s, the Avondale area along Queens Chapel Road was developed by a number of high-density apartment complexes and high-rises.[3]

The Avondale Recreation Center was established from some of the land belonging to the former De La Salle College. The college opened in 1931. In 1962 Avondale became home to the St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.[6][7] The community relies upon adjacent neighborhoods for schools and services such as police and fire protection. Also in Avondale is a storage facility for Washington Gas.[3]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Avondale, Maryland
  2. ^ "Prince George's County, MD: Census Incorporated Places & Census Designated Places" (PDF). Prince George's County Map. Maryland Department of Planning. 2009-01-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "Community Summary Sheet, Prince George's County" (PDF). Avondale, Maryland. Maryland State Highway Administration, 1999. 2008-05-10. 
  4. ^ The Neighborhoods of Prince George's County. Upper Marlboro: Community Renewal Program, 1974.
  5. ^ Denny, George D., Jr. Proud Past, Promising Future: Cities and Towns in Prince George's County. Brentwood, Maryland: Tuxedo Press, 1997.
  6. ^ "St. Ann's Children Take Quickly to New Home," The Washington Post, Feb 3, 1962, p. C1.
  7. ^ St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home History