Rodgers Forge, Maryland
Rodgers Forge Historic District
|Location||Roughly bounded by Stanmore Road, Stevenson Lane, York Road (Md. Route 45), Overbrook Road, and Bellona Avenue, north of Baltimore, Maryland|
|Area||150 acres (61 ha)|
|Architect||Beall, Frederick; James Keelty & Sons|
|Architectural style||Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Modern movement|
|NRHP Reference #||09000783|
|Added to NRHP||September 24, 2009|
Rodgers Forge is a national historic district located southwest of the unincorporated Towson area and county seat 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. 21212 is the postal code for Rodgers Forge.
In 2004, Rodgers Forge gained international attention as the home of Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps. In 2013, Rodgers Forge was ranked by Baltimore Magazine as one of the top neighborhoods in Baltimore County. The magazine also named Rodgers Forge as one of the 10 "best-kept secret neighborhoods" in Baltimore metropolitan area for its "strong public schools, thriving community organizations, and easy access to shopping and entertainment in Baltimore and Towson."
Rodgers Forge takes its name from the blacksmith shop of George Rodgers, built in 1800, that was once located on the southeast 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 2009, the entire neighborhood of Rodgers Forge was listed in National Register of Historic Places due to "its unique status as a well-preserved example of early to mid-20th Century community design and architecture." According to the official citation:
The Rodgers Forge Historic District is architecturally significant as a prototypical example of a type of suburban rowhouse development which characterized the region during the late 1920s through the mid-1950s, and is especially noteworthy for the quality of its planning, architecture, and construction... Rodgers Forge stands as the most architecturally accomplished of all of the Early American-style rowhouse neighborhoods built in the greater Baltimore area during these years.
- Charles Adam Fecher, author and editor who is best known for his works about Jacques Maritain and H.L. Mencken; longtime Rodgers Forge resident
- 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
- Mary Claire Helldorfer (Elizabeth Chandler), author of New York Times Best Seller Kissed by an Angel
- 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
- Kevin O'Malley, children's book writer
- Michael Phelps, American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time
- Bayard Turnbull, architect - who lived at La Paix, his spacious Rodgers Forge estate
- Johnny Unitas, football player; owner of former Golden Arm restaurant in Rodgers Forge
- Henry N. Wagner, one of the pioneering researchers in nuclear medicine
- 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
- Rodgers Forge Historic District
- Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
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- "No secret now: Rodgers Forge earns top neighborhood honors [Rodgers Forge]". Baltimore Sun. 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- Iglehart, Ken; Favole, Johanna (April 2013). "10 Best-Kept Secret Neighborhoods". Baltimore (magazine). Retrieved 2016-05-22.
- "The History of Rodgers Forge". Rodgers Forge Community Association. 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
- Rasmussen, Frederick (Oct 6, 2007). "Baltimore Sun". Retrieved September 27, 2015.
- "Neighborhood Profile". Rodgers Forge Community Association. 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
- Mary Ellen Hayward (October 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Rodgers Forge Historic District" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
- Smith, Dean (2008-11-20). "A Place to Forge Lasting Ties". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
- 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.
- 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.
- Marion, Jane (December 2010). "There’s Something About Mary Claire". Baltimore Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
- "Best Sellers - The New York Times". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
- 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.
- 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.
- Henry N. Wagner (23 December 2007). A Personal History of Nuclear Medicine. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 978-1-84628-072-6.