Rodgers Forge, Maryland
Rodgers Forge Historic District
|Location||Roughly bounded by Stanmore Rd., Stevenson La., York Rd., Overbrook Rd., and Bellona Ave., Baltimore, Maryland|
|Area||150 acres (61 ha)|
|Architectural style||Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Modern movement|
|NRHP Reference #||09000783|
|Added to NRHP||September 24, 2009|
Rodgers Forge is a national historic neighborhood located in the unincorporated Towson area of Baltimore County, Maryland, just north of the Baltimore City/County line. It is mostly a residential area, with rowhouses, apartments, single-family dwellings, and a new complex of luxury garaged townhomes. The area also has a small amount of commercial development. It is located just south of Towson University.
Rodgers Forge takes its name from the blacksmith shop of George Rodgers, built in 1800, that was once located on the southwest corner of York Road and Stevenson Lane. In 1934, builder James Keelty (Sr.) began work on the Rodgers Forge neighborhood, and constructed over 600 red brick rowhouses until World War II stopped development. After the war, work resumed under the direction of Keelty's two son's James Keelty Jr. and Joseph Keelty. 1,777 homes were completed by 1956.
In 2004, Rodgers Forge gained international attention as the home of Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps.
- Michael Phelps, American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time
- Mary Claire Helldorfer (Elizabeth Chandler), author of New York Times Best Seller Kissed by an Angel
- F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald, American novelist couple who resided in Rodgers Forge during 1932-1933
- William J. Frank, member of the Maryland House of Delegates
- Ralph H. Hruban, professor of pathology and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; a world-renowned expert in the field of pancreatic cancer pathology
- David H. Hubel, winner of 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries on information processing in the visual system; resident of Rodgers Forge in 1950s
- Charles Adam Fecher, author and editor who is best known for his works about Jacques Maritain and H.L. Mencken; longtime Rodgers Forge resident
- Henry N. Wagner, one of the pioneering researchers in nuclear medicine
- Johnny Unitas, football player; owner of former Golden Arm restaurant in Rodgers Forge
- Rodgers Forge Elementary School
- Dumbarton Middle School
- Students in Rodgers Forge are also zoned for nearby Towson High School.
- Dumbarton House, home of the Baltimore Actors Theatre Conservatory
- St. Pius X Catholic School
There are several state roads and other major thoroughfares that run through the Rodgers Forge area. These include:
- The History of Rodgers Forge
- Rodgers Forge Community Association
- Rodgers Forge on GoogleMaps
- Plat at the Maryland State Archives Legally Defining Blocks 1,2,3,4 of Rodgers Forge
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Jones, Katie (2012-06-28). "Towson Fourth: Rodgers Forge ready to bask in Fourth of July glow". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
- The History of Rodgers Forge
- Couple reflect on 57 years living in Rodgers Forge
- Smith, Dean (2008-11-20). "A Place to Forge Lasting Ties". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
- H.L. Mencken (21 December 2011). My Life as Author and Editor. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. pp. 423–. ISBN 978-0-307-80888-2.
- Mary Jo Tate (1 January 2007). Critical Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. Infobase Publishing. pp. 370–. ISBN 978-1-4381-0845-2.
- Dorie McCullough Lawson (13 April 2004). Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. pp. 271–. ISBN 978-0-385-51263-3.
- David H. Hubel M.D. John Franklin Enders University Professor of Neurobiology Harvard Medical School (Emeritus); Brain and Behavior and President Torsten N. Wiesel M.D. Director Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind (1 October 2004). Brain and Visual Perception: The Story of a 25-Year Collaboration. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 23–. ISBN 978-0-19-803916-7.
- Rasmussen, Frederick (January 19, 2012). "Charles Adam Fecher Former Catholic Review book review editor wrote a book examining the influences that shaped H.L. Mencken's writing". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
- Henry N. Wagner (23 December 2007). A Personal History of Nuclear Medicine. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 978-1-84628-072-6.
- Hope Hines (26 July 2012). In Hines' Sight: The Ups, Downs, and Rebounds of 40 Years in Sports Broadcasting. Franklin Green. pp. 101–. ISBN 978-1-936487-25-7.