Charles L. Carson

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Charles L. Carson (November 3, 1847 – December 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 lessons 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]

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 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.