Belair Development

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Belair Development is an historic site in Prince George's County, Maryland.[1]

It consists of 7 planned communities: Meadowbrook, Tulip Grove, Kenilworth, Somerset, Buckingham, Heather Hills and Foxhill built by Levitt & Sons in what is now Bowie, Maryland,[1] constructed between 1957 and 1965.[2]

When constructed, Levitt refused to sell homes in the development to blacks while advocating that the United States government take steps to end racial discrimination in housing.[3]

The development takes its name from the Belair Mansion.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Harris, Katry (10 June 2000). "Belair Development" (PDF). Maryland Historical Sites Inventory. Maryland Historical Trust. PG-71B-18. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  2. ^ Gatto, Kimberly (2012). Belair Stud: The Cradle of Maryland Horse Racing. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press. p. 108. ISBN 9781609494810.
  3. ^ Shanahan, Eileen (15 August 1963). "Builder Bids U.S. End Racial Curb". Washington, D.C.: Washington Post. p. 15. Retrieved 8 May 2015.

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Coordinates: 38°57′45″N 76°44′2″W / 38.96250°N 76.73389°W / 38.96250; -76.73389