Temora (Ellicott City, Maryland)

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Temora, January 2011
Temora (Ellicott City, Maryland) is located in Maryland
Temora (Ellicott City, Maryland)
Temora (Ellicott City, Maryland) is located in the United States
Temora (Ellicott City, Maryland)
Location4252 Columbia Rd., Ellicott City, Maryland
Coordinates39°15′14″N 76°49′28″W / 39.25389°N 76.82444°W / 39.25389; -76.82444Coordinates: 39°15′14″N 76°49′28″W / 39.25389°N 76.82444°W / 39.25389; -76.82444
Area14.2 acres (5.7 ha)
Built1857 (1857)
ArchitectStarkwether, Nathan Gibson
Architectural styleTuscan Victorian
NRHP reference #76001003[1]
Added to NRHPApril 30, 1976

Temora, is a historic home located at Ellicott City, Howard County, Maryland. It is a T-shaped, two-story and cupola, Tuscan-style Victorian house of stuccoed tongue-and-groove boards. The house was built in 1857 after a design prepared by Nathan G. Starkweather, a little-known but accomplished architect from Oxford, England, who also designed the First Presbyterian Church and Manse at West Madison Street and Park Avenue in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, with his later more famous assistant - Edmund G. Lind.[2] The house was built for Dr. Arthur Pue Jr. on land given from his grandmother Mary Dorsey Pue of Belmont Estate.[3][4]

Laura Hanna and Mrs John Breckinridge lived in the property afterward. County Councilman and representative William S. Hanna was also raised at Temora[5]

A portion of the estate served as a farm with a hay field. In 1980, developer Alan Borg purchased the property, performing a minor restoration. In 1984 Borg held a "Decorator's Showhouse" event with rooms redecorated for free by various decorators retaining some of the original period materials combined with outside furnishings and materials.[6] In 1985, Borg attempted to convert the house into a 15-room inn and restaurant, but failed to approval for the increased activity on the lot in a residential neighborhood.[7] The land has been subdivided with a LDS Church built in the former pasture.[8]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Frances Wellford Mason (January 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Temora" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
  3. ^ "Loveley Historic Howard County Homes". The Times (Elkridge). 31 March 1965.
  4. ^ Howard County Historical Society. Images of America Howard County. p. 79.
  5. ^ DeWitt Bliss (1 December 1994). "W.S. Hanna, lawmaker and real estate broker". The Baltimore Sun.
  6. ^ "200-year-old estate renovated". The Baltimore Sun. 19 September 1984.
  7. ^ Phillip Davis (8 February 1985). "Howard board rejects plans for Temora". The Baltimore Sun.
  8. ^ James A. Clark Jr. Jim Clark Soldier Farmer Legislator. p. 25.

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