History of the Neighborhood
The neighborhood known as Lake Evesham (also identified in some sources as Kenneth Square) was a major part of Midwood, the 1870’s estate of Samuel Brady. In the 1890’s the northern three-quarters of the property was divided and held by six landowners. The largest parcel, consisting of a mansion and numerous outbuildings, was called Chestnut Park and was owned by John Phillips.
The neighborhood does not have a lake in it, as people sometimes mistakenly assume. Rather, the name comes from the Evesham Mansion that was built in the 1850’s and described as neo-gothic fantasy. The mansion was demolished in 1961. It was located near what is now the intersection of Northern Parkway and Tunstall Drive, east of York Road, in what was known as Drumquehastle Tract (from which the name Drumcastle is derived). The current neighborhood boundaries are Norther Parkway to the south, Lake Avenue to the north, York Road to the east and Bellona Avenue to the west.
The initial houses in the neighborhood were built in the first decade of the twentieth century. Many of the frame cottages were built during the housing boom following World War I. Streets were unpaved until the 1920’s. By the late 1930’s all of the present streets were in place and most of the lots were improved.
In 2004, the neighborhood was designated an Historic District with the National Registry due in part to the neighborhood’s architectural design and structure of its roads and homes. There are a variety of architectural styles, but the most frequently occurring style is the Bungalow, a one and one half story style that features a low-pitched gabled roof with wide unenclosed eave overhang. Other styles include Victorian Gothic with multiple gables, Folk Victorian with Victorian decorative detailing on simple folk house forms, American Foursquare with two stories and multi-windowed dormers on the front, Dutch Colonial, Tudor Revival, Federal Revival and Cape Cod Revival. Several houses in the neighborhood were constructed by an early African-American Baltimore builder, John B. Smith.
A large house, which may have been the Chestnut Park Mansion, located between Pinehurst and Sycamore Roads, was razed in the late 1950’s and replaced by the Pinehurst Apartments. Today, Lake Evesham is a vibrant diverse neighborhood of approximately 260 homes, the majority of which are owner-occupied. Additionally, the neighborhood has two apartment complexes and rental homes.
How to Join the Neighborhood Assocation
In order to join the Lake Evesham Neighborhood Association, you must be 18 years old or older, reside within the neighborhood*, and have paid dues for the current year.
Dues are currently $15/person or $25/household. They can be paid by check made out to Lake Evesham Community Association and mailed to P.O. Box 4692 Baltimore, MD 21212 or brought to a neighborhood event. Dues can also be paid via Paypal. If you pay by PayPal, send Macky an email to let her know. If possible, try to pay in person or by check so the community can avoid PayPal fees.
* The neighborhood is the area bounded by York Road to the east, Northern Parkway to the south, Bellona Avenue to the west, and Lake Avenue to the north, and also including the following properties on the north side of Lake Avenue: 308 through 426 East Lake Avenue (even-numbered addresses), and 6100, 6108, and 6110 York Road.
Board of Directors
- Theresa Furnari
- Anthony Cataldo
- Ryan Ahearn
- Macky Ayers
- Malik Jordan
- Melina Turtle
- Jack Fishman
- Andy McNeely
- Stephanie Seipp
- Steve Lingsch
- Tymoteusz Kaistura